Chelsea slumped to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League as Thomas Tuchel receives his first defeat as a Chelsea boss. Moreover, this is the first time the Blues have conceded a goal at Stamford Bridge after redeeming it as a fortress. West Bromwich Albion ran havoc at the back for Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel presented a changed side keeping in mind that some players are exhausted after the international break. Thereby Mason Mount and Kai Havertz found a place on the bench. Thiago Silva returned to the starting line-up after being injured since the match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Additionally, a rare start was also presented to Christian Pulisic who was in fine touch with US Men’s Soccer Team. Pulisic had a wonderful start to the game as he opened the scoring for Chelsea.
Marcos Alonso took an absolute belter of a free-kick which was initially saved by goalkeeper Johnstone. However, the rebound fell to Pulisic and he took full advantage of the sleeping Albion defenders.
Advantage Chelsea at the half-hour mark. However, their worries had just begun as Thiago Silva put in a reckless and rather unnecessary challenge. The referee had no hesitation to reach inside his pocket. A second yellow and off went Thiago Silva- a dismal return.
Chelsea invited pressure towards them throughout the match. Unnecessary and risky passing at the back with sloppy precision. Jorginho had an absolutely horrid match and it was his two errors that led to West Bromwich Albion equalizing.
Goalkeeper Johnstone gave a direct-through ball to Pereira who lobbed it over Eduoard Mendy. Once again Reece James tried to overcomplicate things and tried a risky pass right at the end of the first half. Jorginho gave the ball away and West Bromwich Albion capitalised magnificently. Pereira at the double and Albion led at halftime.
A second half to forget for Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel brought on Mason Mount at halftime in place of Christian Pulisic. However, the problems for Chelsea had only begun as West Bromwich Albion steamrolled then in the second half. Marcos Alonso had a shot off the post early on.
Callum Robinson scored the third for West Bromwich Albion from Darren Furlong cross in emphatic fashion. A first-time hit volley to fire past Eduoard Mendy. Diagne then added on the misery as West Bromwich Albion counter-attacked with blistering pace and the striker calmly stroked the ball past a hapless Eduoard Mendy.
The Blues had some respite as Mason Mount got one back. Marcos Alonso played a first-time ball across to Timo Werner right in front of the goal who squared it up for Mount to tap in. It’s a clear sign of the lack of confidence in Timo Werner.
Callum Robinson put the final nail in the coffin with Albion’s fifth of the afternoon. Mbaye Diagne set him free on goal and Robinson coolly dinked the ball over Eduoard Mendy. Match set and done. Thomas Tuchel needs to think things over before his side play Porto in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals.
“Nothing so much until the red card and then we were not able to cope with the situation,” he says. “I don’t know why but it was like this. After the red card, we could not adapt to the situations, we gave away two very easy goals before half-time but even in the second half anything that could go wrong went wrong.
We have to accept a big loss today and hopefully it’s a big wake-up call for all of us, me included.”