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Pedro proving he's on the same level as Costa and Hazard at Chelsea

Goal.com logo Goal.com 25-02-2017

Chelsea are finally getting the very best out of Pedro.

Some 18 months after signing him, Antonio Conte has found the key to unlocking his full potential, with the former Barcelona star playing a huge role in his side's push for the Premier League title.

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Diego Costa and Eden Hazard often get the headlines, but Pedro can no longer be ignored and he has arguably become the equal of two of Chelsea's most valuable and important players.

Pedro and Cesc Fabregas both got a goal and an assist at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Hazard and Costa produced only flashes of their true brilliance in a tight match against Paul Clement's Swansea.

Fabregas opened the scoring with a lovely finish after a one-two between Costa and Hazard ran through to Pedro, who then found the creative midfielder and he did the rest.

Fernando Llorente equalised with a stunning header against the run of play, but Pedro stepped up to find the winner. He produced a trademark curling finish after latching onto a Fabregas past, but he was helped by poor goalkeeping from Lukasz Fabianski.

At Barcelona, Pedro lived in the shadow of Lionel Messi and Neymar, but at Chelsea he isn't being outclassed by Hazard or Costa after adapting well to the Premier League following a difficult first season.

He has now had a hand in 10 goals in his last nine games, with crucial goals against Burnley and Wolves ensuring that his side remain favourites in the hunt for both the FA Cup and Premier League.

Hazard and Costa combined to finish Swansea off, as the Belgian's run and cross led to a nice finish from Chelsea's temperamental striker. The front three are all equally dangerous and stopping them is proving almost impossible for teams in England's top flight.

Pedro is also an unsung hero in the Blues' defensive efforts and he is second to only N'Golo Kante for his tireless running off the ball to win back possession from opposition defenders.

Chelsea's Spanish players have 30 goals between them with no Spanish Primera Division team able to match that record.

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Fabregas, meanwhile, made a huge statement for a permanent spot ahead of Nemanja Matic as he produced an impressive performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Willian may find it difficult to get back into the Chelsea side as well, despite his obvious talents. Conte has found a front three that are totally in-sync with eachother.

Barcelona may have MSN: Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, while Real Madrid have BBC: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo but Conte can be content that Chelsea have PHD: Pedro, Hazard and Diego Costa.

The Blues now only need 29 more points to become champions of England. It's a question of when, not if.

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