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. Proper cracks.
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.
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But the football the canary-colored gang from the West Midlands invented at Stamford Bridge probably astonished most critics.
Admittedly, the WBA ended up behind the goal control in London according to the recipe. But the match picture changed completely after Thiago Silva’s headless expulsion after half an hour of play.
– There are two types of matches, 11 against 11 and 11 against 10. But there is no reason to concede five goals when you have our quality. We are all in this, myself included, says Tuchel to the BBC.
– Difficult to digest
– We were not able to adapt to the situation, and it is surprising as we led. We were messy and made big mistakes. Then we were punished severely, and it is difficult to digest, the Chelsea boss adds.
As many as five times Chelsea had to watch the ball pass into the net behind goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Several of the scores were of the great kind, after very good passing play and utilization of the rooms on the field.
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Matheus Perieira scored the first two goals, both in overtime of the first half. Callum Robinson hammered in 1-3 just under 20 minutes after the break. The same man set the final score at 2-5 at the back.
Meanwhile, Mbaye Diagne also found his way to the net behind Mendy.
– When it first rakes for Chelsea, it rakes properly, commentator Peder Mørtvedt stated on TV 2 when scoring number four rolled into the Chelsea goal.
– They look like Barcelona here, West Bromwich. Huge football, he continued praising.
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 visitors’ Timo Werner took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side’s goalie and center backs 71 minutes into the match. The German instead rolled the ball to the side and left an easy finish to Mount.
Thomas Tuchel made as many as six changes to the team from the start 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, Mount, Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kanté.
Werner, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso and Silva, on the other hand, were back in the starting line-up in the league.
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The latter 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.
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.
O’Shea 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.
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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. After that, most things continued to go the way of West Brom.
Saturday’s strong three points give The Baggies a little hope of surviving in the Premier League. With 21 points in total, however, it is as much as seven points up to Newcastle on safe ground. In between them is also Fulham with 26 points.
Eight games remain of the season for both West Bromwich and Fulham. The London team will play the first of them away against Aston Villa on Sunday. Newcastle meet Tottenham at home a little earlier in the day.
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