Winger Pedro scored on his debut as Jose Mourinho’s men kick-started their title defence with a 3-2 win at West Brom on Sunday. He also set up Diego Costa for Chelsea’s second just days after arriving from Barcelona for a reported £21million as the visitors survived the second-half dismissal of John Terry. “I am confident to keep working, keep doing my job. I know the competition is good for the team and I had a few great players around me. At the end, hopefully the team will be better.” Victory on Sunday was Chelsea’s first of the season, after Thibaut Courtois saved James Morrison’s penalty before the midfielder scored twice for the Baggies, and Azpilicueta admitted it was vital. “It was important to get the win. We had a few difficulties and we had to fight until the end,” he said. And Azpilicueta, who scored Chelsea’s third at The Hawthorns, believes there is even more to come from his Spain team-mate. He said: “He has trained for one week, he played his first game, he is discovering the Premier League and I’m sure he will get better. “I know him very well and he fits into the team very well. I know his ambition, he is hungry to help the team, win trophies and I know the way he started the first game is amazing. “I know from the national team he is a top player. He played for Barcelona for so many years and he fits into our team and the Premier League.” Pedro joined Baba Rahman at Stamford Bridge last week as Mourinho reacted to Chelsea’s sluggish start following a draw with Swansea and defeat at Manchester City. Left-back Rahman signed from Augsburg and Azpilicueta welcomed the extra competition, having already seen off Ashley Cole and Filipe Luis in his time at Stamford Bridge. “They are two good additions to the squad, it helps everybody to have competition,” said the 25-year-old defender. “We know in football there’s nothing in the past, you have to prove (yourself) every day. We won the league last year but we have to show in every game and training we are ready. Cesar Azpilicueta has warned Chelsea’s title rivals Pedro is ready to take the Barclays Premier League by storm. Press Association
Tuesday, the Florida Senate passed a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed in a school classroom.The vote was 22-17, with all but one Republican in favor and all Democrats opposed.The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland.The bill was based on recommendations from a commission formed after the Valentines Day shooting.The bill has had bipartisan support with both parties supporting provisions dealing with mental health assessments and reporting violent incidents and potential threats at schools.However, one part of the bill Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over is the “guardian program” which allows teachers to be armed.As of now, only teachers who have a role outside the classroom, such as an athletic coach, are allowed to participate in the program.The proposed expansion of the program would make all teachers eligible to carry a weapon inside a Florida classroom as long as they volunteer, undergo a psychological evaluation, are trained by a sheriff’s office and the school districts approve.Democrats argued that there is a higher chance of a student being accidentally shot than being killed in a mass shooting while Republicans say an armed teacher may be able to stop a shooter before police can arrive at a school.The legislation is still awaiting full approval in the Republican-dominated House, but that’s virtually guaranteed as lawmakers work toward an adjournment scheduled forMay 3.