After a very complicated 2022/23 financial year despite pharaonic recruitment, Chelsea left on the same basis this season with a victory, two draws and three defeats on the national scene, while the leaders of the Blues once again achieved big results. investments during the last summer transfer window. At the end of the 7th day of the Premier League, Thiago Silva’s teammates traveled to Fulham’s pitch at Craven Cottage to play this London derby with the desire to resume their march forward. For this, Mauricio Pochettino had to deal with numerous absences and the former PSG coach therefore started Axel Disasi as right back and Armando Broja at the forefront of the attack in particular.
The Albanian striker created the first opportunity after a disagreement between the midfielder and the Fulham defense but his shot finally flew into the home stands (2nd). After a first quarter of an hour that was ultimately calmer, the first period finally changed in one minute. Indeed, shortly after the quarter of an hour of play, Mykhaïlo Mudryk played Issa Diop before deceiving Bernd Leno to open the scoring (18th, 0-1) while Armando Broja took advantage of a new error from the defense opponent to double the lead straight away (19th, 0-2). About ten minutes later, Enzo Fernandez projected himself and tried to combine with his teammates before unleashing a sudden strike which ended its race above the cages after a favorable counterattack (28th).
Chelsea get a breath of fresh air but lose Moises Caicedo
As in the first period, the Albanian Blues striker got himself into the first hot spot but his attempted header once again ended above Bernd Leno’s crossbar (48th). Shortly after the hour mark, Armando Broja, again, ideally served his captain, Conor Gallagher, who crossed behind Ian Maadsen. The latter found the post before the leather came back to Enzo Fernandez who in turn stumbled on the Fulham goalkeeper (63rd). At the dawn of the last quarter of an hour, the locals woke up slightly and Robert Sanchez had to intervene to keep his clean sheet against Sasa Lukic (77th).
While the Blues were heading towards a great victory, bad news came to tarnish this oh-so-important success. In added time, Moises Caicedo and Willian remained on the ground after knee-to-knee contact at the entrance to the visitors’ area. The Ecuadorian, who continued to limp, finally had to give way to Noni Madueke (90th + 6). Despite this little worry, Chelsea have a breath of fresh air with these three points. Mauricio Pochettino’s players return to 11th place in the Premier League. A favorable result which could act as a trigger for the Londoners as they travel to Burnley before hosting Arsenal during the next two days of the English championship.