“Chelsea break the curse yesterday” – What Chelsea did last night against Crystal Palace that hasn’t happened in the Premier League
In the realm of Premier League happenings, Chelsea, though fashionably tardy, orchestrated a stellar return to the pitch during their recent nocturnal encounter.
Anticipation ran high, fueled by memories of their formidable performance in the FA Cup just a week ago. The Blues, exhibiting top-tier prowess, clinched victory against Aston Villa on foreign turf, leaving spectators yearning for an encore.
Yet, the narrative took an unexpected turn at halftime in their faceoff against Crystal Palace at the iconic Selhurst Park. Chelsea enthusiasts found themselves revisiting the realm of skepticism, trailing 1-0. The conceded goal, a magnum opus from the adversary, cast a shadow over Noni Madueke, who, ensnared on the edge of his own box, likely rued the moment of possession lapse leading to the strike.
Mauricio Pochettino, the tactical virtuoso, wielded his prowess during the intermission, scripting a comeback saga that unfolded dramatically in the added minutes of the second half.
The protagonists of this revival were none other than Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez, whose goal-scoring theatrics sent the Chelsea faithful into a jubilant frenzy. However, the euphoria couldn’t entirely erase the memory of the initial struggle they endured in the opening half.
Venturing into the annals of Chelsea’s 20-year Premier League history unveils a perplexing statistic from Squawka. The Blues, in an unprecedented display, orchestrated the most passes sans a shot on target in the first half—a peculiar feat since the advent of record-keeping two decades ago. The orchestration of their play was shrouded in doubt, with an abundance of interplays in the midfield third lacking a definitive endgame.
Within this tactical maze, only Fernandez dared to venture into passes capable of dismantling the rigid Palace defense. Alas, his radar faltered, remaining awry for the majority of the night.
While the concluding outcome draped Chelsea in triumph, the echoes of inquiry linger. The post-match analysis will undoubtedly delve into the enigma of why the Blues took an eternity to find their rhythm on the London turf that night.