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Chelsea star Pedro has bagged European recognition as his goal against Slavia Prague in the quarter-final of our trophy laden Europa League campaign has been nominated for UEFA’s Goal of the Season award.
Five minutes into the second leg of our quarter-final clash against Czech side Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge, Pedro finished off an incisive and free-flowing move with a well taken goal.
For the goal which involved sweet team interplay, Pedro exchanged passes with compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta, receiving a neat flick back from the defender, before doing a one-two with the competition’s top striker Olivier Giroud. The return pass from Giroud set him on course for a one on one with the goalkeeper, and his finish was equally composed, as he lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper with a calm finish to extend our aggregate advantage over the Czech side.
The game was a topsy-turvy game and his strike was one of 10 that made the shortlist of all goals scored in UEFA club and international competitions in the 2018/19 season.
Pedro was one of Chelsea’s key players as the Blues went on to win the Europa League last season unbeaten.
Pedro will be turning 32 soon and he’s entering his final season as a Chelsea player. Chelsea only give players over 30 one-year extension though an exception was made for David Luiz recently.
Pedro scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists in 31 appearances for Chelsea last season and he could play an important role in the team this season under Frank Lampard.
Revealing his desire to extend his Chelsea contract, Pedro said: “I’ve got one year left on my contract at Chelsea and I hope I can stay there as long as possible. There’s the possibility of playing in the Champions League once again”