Maurizio Sarri believes Pedro was capable of scoring “two or three goals” in Chelsea’s 3-0 Europa League victory over Dynamo Kiev.
The former Barcelona winger was on top form on Thursday evening in the first leg of Chelsea’s last-16 tie with Kiev and proved to be a regular threat on goal following some superb runs.
While Pedro did open the scoring in the 17th-minute, after playing a one-two with Olivier Giroud, the Spaniard had four shots on target but made things too easy for Kiev goalkeeper Boyko to save.
Nevertheless, Blues boss Sarri was pleased with Pedro’s performance in the end.
“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals but he played a very good match,” said Sarri on the club website.
The Italian made six changes to his starting line-up for the first-leg with the likes of Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain and N’Golo Kante being benched.
But Chelsea still delivered a comfortable 3-0 first-leg win at Stamford Bridge with second-half goals from Willian and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“The result is a good result,” said Sarri.
“We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half.
“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify.
“If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention.”
The Blues will now turn their attention towards Sunday’s Premier League game against Wolves, where three points is a must if they are to remain firmly in the mix in the battle for a top-four spot.
Sarri’s men will then head out to Ukraine next Thursday for the return leg of their last-16 tie against Kiev.