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Guus Hiddink singles Chelsea star out for praise after excellent all-round display

The former Barcelona man capitalised on two defensive errors as the Blues recorded their biggest win of the season

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Pedro celebrates scoring his team's second goal

Guus Hiddink paid tribute to Pedro after the Spaniard scored a brace in Chelsea's 5-1 win over Newcastle United.

The former Barcelona man capitalised on two defensive errors as the Blues recorded their biggest win of the season.

And the Dutchman was delighted with the goals but, more importantly from his perspective, Pedro's defensive work.

Hiddink said: “First of all, he is having great responsibility to work hard for the team defensively, but also it paid off today that he made his goals.

“That’s good for him, and he’s very aware of what to do in the responsibility.”

Chelsea travel to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday with Pedro looking for his fourth Champions League medal.

And Hiddink believes his big-game mentality will be a boost to his squad ahead of the tie against the Ligue 1 champions elect.

He added: “They don’t get nervous playing big games, and that’s OK. But I’m happy for him that he did what he is doing already.

“He is working always very hard, but now the efficiency is growing as well, and that’s encouraging.”

Hiddink shuffled the pack for the win over Newcastle and, with hindsight, could have given some other players a run-out against the pathetic Magpies.

Pedro's brace was ably supported by strikes from Diego Costa, Willian and a first Premier League goal from Bertrand Traore.

Chelsea celebrate Traore's goal

But he believes it was more Chelsea surprising Steve McClaren's side than the relegation threatened side's deficiencies.

He explained: “I don’t think that is a big problem. We brought in three players, but don’t underestimate them.

“They are not short of quality because Newcastle has made some good signings in the window.

“What we did well in the first part, we did not let them come into the game. We surprised them with high pressure and then we forced two, even three, goals within a very short period.

“I think we surprised them. If I would have rested players, they would have come more easily in their game, that they can play.”

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