Pedro explains why life was hard at Chelsea under Antonio Conte

Chelsea star Pedro has explained how difficult it was to flourish at Chelsea last season under Antonio Conte.

The Spaniard has already qualled last season’s tally of three goals in just four starts and with a no lease of life under Maurizio Sarri he says he is loving life at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old has been used as a right winger under Sarri and he believes the team are collectively better than last term and says with Conte’s defensive approach it was difficult to get the right attacking balance.

“The team is better than last season. This coach has a very good idea to press, to attack, to play, to have more ­players between the lines, to create chances, and to play with a lot of possession of the ball. This is very good,” said Pedro, as cited in the Daily Mirror.

“With Antonio, we were maybe more compact but we defended always in our own half.

“That means that when you recover the ball to attack, you have a very long way to the opposition goal. With Sarri, when you recover the ball you are in very good position to attack. You are close to the goal to score, to create chances.

“It is the most important thing and the most important ­difference from last season to this season.

“It is a very good change for the team. You can see it is ­better from the results we are getting. It is really the same idea as Barcelona under Pep Guardiola.

They (Sarri and Guardiola) are very similar in their ideas, their attacking ideas are the same.”