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How Pedro carved out an ‘important’ role for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea

By CJ Smith

Pedro is Chelsea's top creator this season so far.

Published: 15:01, 4 March 2020 | Updated: 23:48, 20 September 2022

Frank Lampard has tipped ‘infectious’ winger Pedro to play a more important role for Chelsea between now and the end of the season.

The Spaniard has struggled for regular minutes in 2019/20, starting just seven Premier League games and managing just three substitute appearances in the Champions League.

Could Pedro play an important role for Chelsea? Five things to know…

  • Pedro made his 200th Chelsea appearance against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
  • The Spaniard completed more take-ons (3) than any of his teammates.
  • But he has been restricted to just seven Premier League starts so far this season.
  • However, Lampard believes Pedro could play an important role for Chelsea before the end of the season.
  • Pedro has scored just one goal for Chelsea so far this season.

However, Pedro has played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s last two games — a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth and a 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool, his 200th appearance for the club.

And Lampard believes the 32-year-old has an important role to play for his side between now and the end of the season, with Chelsea still hunting for a top-four finish, as well as FA Cup glory plus an upcoming Champions League round of 16 second-leg meeting at Bayern Munich

“I agree he was outstanding in work ethic and players look up to him for what he has done. Always a goal threat,” the former midfielder told reporters.

“Parts of the season have been difficult. He was in the team at the start, got injured and then got out of the team, but what he has shown, particularly in recent weeks, is a real desire in training, to look sharp, to be giving advice and giving the place a lift with his body language.

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“He can be one of our most important players until the end of the season. He is an infectious player.”

Pedro completed more take-ons (3) than any other Chelsea player as the Blues consigned Jurgen Klopp’s men to a third defeat in four games across all competitions

Chelsea face Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.