Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace: Ben Chilwell impresses on PL debut as Chelsea thumps Palace

Chelsea managed to change their fortune in the second half of the match, scoring 4 goals past Crystal Palace in 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge, with Ben Chilwell starring on his Premier League debut for the Blues.

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It was a difficult time for Chelsea in the first half as they struggled to break down Palace’s defence, despite having majority of the ball, but their breakthrough came just after the break as Chilwell rammed a shot past Guaita from eight yards as the visitors failed to clear.

Chilwell then set up Kurt Zouma for Chelsea’s second goal, before Jorginho slotted two penalties in the 78th and 82nd minute after Tammy Abraham was brought down by Tyrick Mitchell and Mamadou Sakho had tripped Kai Havertz.

Chelsea, however, bounced back to winning ways with the result following disappointing results against Liverpool, West Brom and Tottenham, while Palace now have two wins and two defeats from their first four.

Watch the match highlights below

https://youtu.be/ly8iWJuUfdo

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, on Callum Hudson-Odoi: “Callum is absolutely part of my plans here. I’m very pleased with him. By Monday we will know a definitive answer. If they’ve declared their interest then that’s one thing, but everything that happens by Monday will be either things that are firstly good for us as a club.

Callum’s our player, and also what Callum wants will come into consideration, but it has to be right for everybody. At the minute I want Callum part of my squad.

Crystal Palace boss, Roy Hodgson: “All defeats are difficult to take. When you get beaten this heavily it’s harder. In the first half I thought we defended well, but we gifted goals via individual defensive errors.

It’s very hard to overcome that. Three of four were down to errors you hope your defenders aren’t going to make. We didn’t [attack enough]. I didn’t think our attacking play was very good. We didn’t have enough composure on the ball.

We must give Chelsea credit, of course, they made it difficult to get that passing and movement that we wanted.”

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Chelsea have won six consecutive league games against Crystal Palace for the first time in their history.
  • Chelsea have won more Premier League London derbies than any other side (133), losing just one of their last 11 such games at Stamford Bridge (W8 D2).
  • Crystal Palace have lost nine of their last 12 Premier League matches (W2 D1), losing the last two in a row.
  • Jorginho became the second Chelsea player to score two goals from the penalty spot in a single Premier League game after Frank Lampard versus Aston Villa in March 2010.
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