Digimagaz.com – In a much-anticipated London derby, Chelsea silenced their critics by ending a string of three Premier League games without a goal, putting two past Fulham within a span of 90 seconds. The Blues emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over their west London rivals.
In the 18th minute, Mykhailo Mudryk seized his golden opportunity to register his maiden goal for Chelsea. Demonstrating exquisite skill, Mudryk adeptly controlled Levi Colwill’s cross from the left flank on his chest, and without any hesitation, unleashed a powerful strike past Fulham’s goalkeeper, Bernd Leno.
However, the woes didn’t end there for Fulham. In what appeared to be a sudden collapse in their defense, captain Tim Ream mismanaged possession, allowing Chelsea’s Cole Palmer to capitalize. Palmer’s resulting effort took a fortunate deflection off teammate Armando Broja and found its way into the net. This goal was a significant highlight for Broja, who got his first Premier League start of the season, thanks to a suspension sidelining Nicolas Jackson and an illness restricting Raheem Sterling to a bench role.
However, the first half wasn’t all joy for Chelsea. Mudryk’s celebrations were short-lived as he was replaced by Ian Maatsen following a concerning injury, potentially adding to coach Mauricio Pochettino’s growing list of fitness worries.
The second half saw Chelsea continuing their momentum. Ian Maatsen nearly added a third, curling an exquisite shot that ricocheted off the left post, after some noteworthy playmaking by the energetic Conor Gallagher.
Fulham, struggling to find a way back into the game, had a golden opportunity to decrease the deficit. Substitute Sasa Lukic, however, fired a well-placed pass from Tom Cairney directly at Chelsea’s custodian, Robert Sanchez, wasting what was possibly their best chance of the match.
Pochettino’s Chelsea, showing glimpses of their potential, comfortably secured their second league win of the campaign, elevating them to 11th place in the Premier League standings.
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Defenders: Timothy Castagne, Issa Diop, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson
Midfielders: Joao Palhinha, Harrison Reed (substituted for Tom Cairney)
Attacking Midfielders: Harry Wilson (substituted for Alex Iwobi), Andreas Pereira (substituted for Sasa Lukic), Willian
Forward: Raul Jimenez (substituted for Carlos Vinicius)
Goalkeeper: Robert Sanchez
Defenders: Marc Cucurella, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill
Midfielders: Moises Caicedo (substituted for Noni Madueke), Enzo Fernandez (substituted for Alex Matos), Conor Gallagher
Forwards: Cole Palmer, Armando Broja (substituted for Raheem Sterling), Mykhailo Mudryk (substituted for Ian Maatsen)