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Was Pedro wrong about moving to Chelsea?

The forward would have had more minutes if he had stayed in FC Barcelona

Was Pedro wrong about moving to Chelsea?
Was Pedro wrong about moving to Chelsea?

The forward would have had more minutes if he had stayed in FC Barcelona

Pedro Rodriguez

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"I leave to have more minutes, to play more. The easiest way would be stay in FC Barcelona, winning titles and appear in the photos." With this explanation, Pedro Rodríguez justified his farewell from FC Barcelona last summer and moved to Mourinho's Chelsea.

What Pedro didn't expect is that this season he would have played more than ever in Barça, even more than in Chelsea. The forward wasn't even included in this Sunday's squad list to face Arsenal and with the new coach, Guus Hiddink, he is having a secondary role. Mourinho's farewell left Pedro without his main defender and over the last weeks it has been said he might leave the club during this winter market.

Data with Chelsea

Pedro has only played 90 minutes in 6 out of 33 matches so far this season. In the Champions League, he has only been starter in one match and his scoring data is not really poor. Only 2 goals in Premier League and Cup. Really far from the 11 goals achieved last season with FC Barcelona, despite being usual substitute.

What would have happened in FC Barcelona?

If Pedro had stayed in FC Barcelona, he would have played many minutes this season. The trident —Messi, Suárez, Neymar together— have only been able to play in 15 out of 36 matches, due to Messi or Neymar's injuries or Suárez's sanctions. Pedro could have participated in the 21 matches the trident couldn't play, the minutes Munir and Sandro have played. Furthermore, he could have come from the bench in the other matches, so it would have been easy to participate in more than 24 matches, the ones he has played this season with Chelsea so far.

If we compare the situation with last season, in the first 33 matches with Luis Enrique, Pedro participated in 30, being starter 19 times. This season, Pedro has played 24 matches, being starter in 16.