Chelsea took the lead, but then Thiago Silva received a red card. That was just the beginning of adversity.
CHELSEA – WEST BROMWICH 2-5:
Manager Thomas Tuchel’s strong home statistics with Chelsea in the Premier League burst so it sang against the bottom team West Bromwich on Saturday.
Before the settlement, the German coach could be shown five straight games on his own turf without setbacks. It would take a full 674 minutes before the blue-clad defensive wall began to crack.
And it happened against an opponent few could have imagined. West Bromwich have not charmed many with their football in the comeback season at the top level, neither under Sam Allardyce nor manager predecessor Slaven Bilic.
But the football the canary-colored Albion gang from the West Midlands invented at Stamford Bridge probably astonished most critics. WBA ended up right behind the goal line in London, but the match picture changed completely after Thiago Silva’s headless expulsion after half an hour of play.
As many as four times Chelsea had to watch the away team see the ball pass into the net behind goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Several of the scores were of the great kind, after very good use of the rooms on the field.
– When it first unfolds for Chelsea, it unfolds properly, commentator Peder Mørtvedt stated on TV 2 goal number four rolled in behind Edouard Mendy.
– They look like Barcelona here, West Bromwich. Huge football, he continued praising.
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A Chelsea that was about to be completely humiliated got together and created several good chances after 1-4.
Mason Mount first had a good opportunity that was averted. The midfielder received the reduction in the 71st minute of play then
Premier League football is finally back on Easter evening, and the 30th round of the season began already at 13.30. A Champions League-chasing Chelsea host relegation-threatened West Bromwich at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel made as many as six changes to the team that only managed 0-0 away against Leeds on March 13. Among the players who had to give way to other forces were Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kanté.
Timo Werner, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso and Thiago Silva, on the other hand, were back in the starting line-up in the league.
Silva had a short day at work. He was shown the red card by judge David Coote after just under half an hour. The Brazilian threw himself into the leg of Okay Yokuslu in an attempt to block a shot. That led to his second yellow for the day.
Coote showed no mercy with Silva and resolutely showed Chelsea’s experienced midfielder off the field. The dismissal took place just after Christian Pulisic had sent the hosts ahead, on a return after a Marcos Alonso free-kick that hit the post.
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West Bromwich also had a fight in the first half. The long-time Chelsea stopper Branislav Ivanovic (37) had to replace the 15-year-younger Dara O’Shea halfway through the inning.
The latter was injured after being tackled by teammate Matt Phillips.
After just 13 minutes on the field, Ivanovic also had to leave the grass. He sat down after a race duel against Werner. The Serb appeared to have suffered a hamstring injury after averting a chance against Chelsea’s German striker.
In the second extra minute, Matheus Pereira and WBA took advantage of the advantage to score the first away goal against Chelsea under Tuchel’s lead. And the visitors’ striker was no less than he scored another goal before the break.
Sam Allardyce’s men were messing it up on a post from the home team early in the second half. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone did not impress in the field, but fortunately for the recent England goalkeeper, a teammate controlled Alonso’s attempts in the post and out.
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