In a first half marked by sluggishness and melancholy, Chelsea’s performance left much to be desired. However, the Boys in Blue orchestrated a commendable comeback in the second half, clinching a much-needed victory at Stamford Bridge.
Cole Palmer showcased his prowess by finishing off a well-placed ball from Raheem Sterling, breaking the deadlock. Palmer then turned provider, setting up Nicolas Jackson for a simple tap-in after the visitors’ defensive blunder. Despite being the league’s most conceding team this season, they momentarily resembled Chelsea’s formidable defense from 2004-06.
Although we had opportunities to widen the gap, Sterling and Broja squandered golden chances, with the latter missing a tap-in from inside the six-yard box.
Five strategic changes were implemented from the previous weekend, including the restoration of Jackson, Sterling, and Silva, along with Petrović and Colwill stepping in for the injured Sánchez and Cucurella.
Shifting to a three-man midfield for the final 20+ minutes with Enzo playing furthest forward.
Broja and Jackson partnered for the final 15, with Jackson taking a wide-left position.
Prominent contributions included 1 goal and 1 assist for Palmer (with potential for more assists); Jackson securing his team-leading 8th goal.
Petrović, making his full debut, achieved a clean sheet with minimal defensive involvement.
Gusto made a brief appearance at the end, marking his return from injury.
Nkunku absent today, expected to return next time.
Up next on the agenda: Newcastle United in the League Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.
KTBFFH (Keep The Blue Flag Flying High)