The strength of a title-winning team doesn’t only lie in a strong starting 11, but in a strong bench as well, and Chelsea wingers are giving us quality competition on the flank.
Prior to the game against Leicester City, Willian owned the right flank for Chelsea; he has been the sole operator of that wing since Chelsea sold Andrea Schurlle. But Pedro has now given him a run for his money. Pedro was given a rare start against Leicester City back in October, after Willian took a compassionate leave to Brazil, following the death of his mother and Pedro took his chance. The Spaniard was spectacular to say the least, and formed an excellent partnership with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, prompting the Chelsea faithful to give them the title — PHD. His partnership with right wing-back Victor Moses has also been amazing.
After the game against Leicester City, Pedro has started every other league game for Chelsea, and he has shone brightly. But then, the game against Manchester City needed something different in the second-half. The coach replaced Pedro with Willian 4 minutes after the restart, and his blistering pace and skill caused City’s defence all manner of troubles. He was very effective on the counter, and he even got his name on the scoresheet.
Pedro and Willian are two different players with so many good qualities. Pedro tend to be hardworking and support the defence, while Willian is much more offensive. They are two different kind of wingers who can play the same role.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s has recently admitted that having to choose between Willian and Pedro is confusing for him, and I believe it’s a good headache for the Chelsea boss — the kind of headache every manager loves.