“I can’t believe it”, “three players can’t handle him Pochettino really build him” – 24 year old Chelsea player surprise Crystal Palace coach after 3-1 defeat to Chelsea
After Chelsea secured a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, with Conor Gallagher scoring twice and Enzo Fernandez sealing the game with a stunning goal, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expressed his disappointment, believing that Gallagher’s performance spoiled the day for him and the Palace fans. Hodgson even mentioned that Gallagher, who is 24 years old, could have been a Palace player if he had signed during the January transfer window.
Speaking after the match, Hodgson stated, “It was crazy to see one of your favorite players scoring goals against you… Conor Gallagher scored twice and made it difficult for us.” He empathized with the fans, acknowledging that the defeat would be tough for everyone to digest, particularly considering the strong support they showed throughout the game.
Despite speculation about Gallagher’s potential transfer in January, Chelsea ultimately decided to retain him, much to manager Thomas Tuchel’s relief. Tuchel confirmed that Gallagher had chosen to stay at Chelsea when asked about a potential new deal for the midfielder, emphasizing that it was a matter between Gallagher and the club. With Gallagher’s contract set to expire in June 2025, Tuchel remained focused on the team’s performance and wasn’t overly concerned about contract negotiations.
Since suffering a significant defeat to Wolves, which had put Tuchel under pressure, Chelsea has bounced back with victories against Aston Villa in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, showcasing their resilience and determination to remain competitive.