Chelsea made difficult work of winning their first game of the new season and Jose Mourinho’s mood must have reflected the miserable weather overhead at the Hawthorns for much of the afternoon.
After Thibaut Courtous got back in his manager’s good books with a fine penalty save to prevent Nemanja Matic’s blushes early on, the Blues must have thought they were getting their season back on track.
Especially when new boy Pedro gave them the lead after 20 minutes and then set up Diego Costa on the half-hour mark.
But after leaving the door slightly ajar to a Baggies comeback by allowing James Morrison to pull one back, Mourinho’s side ensured themselves a nervy second half and once again threatened to self-destruct at the outset of this nascent season.
A goal by Azpilicueta just before the break should have put the result beyond doubt, but John Terry’s red card in the 54th minute and a second goal for Morrison five minutes later meant the Champions had to hold on for dear life in order to take the points.
Here’s what we learned.
1. Pedro is made for the Premier League
His pace and direct running will make him a star in English football.
He’s great fun to watch and will unlock Premier League defences each and every week.
Pedro was Chelsea’s “go to man” for their victory at West Brom. Scored one, made one and was entertaining throughout.