Pedro is convinced the Premier League is the most difficult league in the world.
Having spent a decade of his career with Barcelona, seven of which were in the La Liga, Pedro is well placed to compare Spanish and English teams. The winger, in an interview with the Evening Standard, said he was surprised by the quality of all the teams in the Premier League and that it was the most difficult league in the world.
He said: “Is it harder to win the Premier League than La Liga? Yes. I have been surprised to see the standard of the teams in mid-table here.
“All the teams have really good squads and are really competitive. That’s why I think it is the most difficult League in the world.”
He will know a thing or two about tough mid-table teams, especially as Chelsea struggled to win or even draw against opposition they would have in any other season be expected to beat easily.
When Pedro joined Chelsea in the summer, no one could have predicted the kind of season it would turn out to be. To be involved so long with a club that was always in the running for a trophy every season, it would have been jarring to see himself playing for a team that for inexplicable reasons was flirting with relegation despite being the defending champions.
Even the player feels the strangeness of an unfamiliar situation, especially after collecting more than 25 winners’ medals in the past few years.
“It’s been very strange for me that I am not fighting for trophies this year,” he said. “It is not something I’m used to. I have never been in this position before, people know about my past in Barcelona.
“But it is just a blip for Chelsea. It is the first time in many years that Chelsea have been in this situation.
While this season is lost, the future is still bright for Chelsea and Pedro. The team started winning games frequently since the turn of the year and while European football is not possible for next season, there are encouraging signs that things will not be this bad.
For one, incoming manager Antonio Conte will arrive at the club next season, a proven winner helping Juventus to multiple league titles. Chelsea’s season will be consigned to history as an unfortunate blip, but hopefully there are better times ahead.