The Blues were wanting to fortify their hang on the fourth spot yet endured a staggering 5-2 misfortune at home to Sam Allardyce’s relegation-battlers
Chelsea 2-5 West Brom: Match measurements
Chelsea were given a merciless token of exactly how far they actually need to go under Thomas Tuchel in Saturday’s staggering 5-2 loss by West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
The stunning dsetback finished the Blues’ 14-game unbeaten run under the German coach, and agonizingly underlined that getting will be anything but a formality.
Having previously conceded just two goals since Tuchel took charge in January, Chelsea were expected to have little trouble keeping a clean sheet against a side sitting 19th in the Premier League
In any case, flaws remain in this squad, and they were brutally exposed by West Brom.
CChelsea’s new attacking signings simply aren’t impacting games as much as expected. Much of the focus has been on Timo Werner but more is also expected of both Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.
Hakim Ziyech, amazingly, had scored twice in the Blues’ two games yet he was dragged away following Thiago Silva’s red card not long before the half-hour mark.
The 36-year-old protector was reserved twice for two rash difficulties yet both of his handles came after Jorginho had turned over belonging in risky zones.
It summarized what was at that point a messy presentation from the hosts, despite the fact that they were 1-0 up at the hour of Silva’s excusal, with Pulisic having tapped home a bounce back after Marcos Alonso’s sans fine dismiss had returned from the post.
What followed was a shocking breakdown, with Matheus Pereira scoring twice in first-half injury time, as Chelsea’s 12-hour run without yielding an objective disintegrated.
The impacts of Silva’s shipping off were clear as a long punt upfield from West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was permitted to arrive at the feet of Pereira, who heaved Edouard Mendy to make it 1-1.
Seconds after the fact, both Jorginho and Reece James were to blame as Pereira was permitted a few contacts in the Blues’ container prior to putting the guests ahead.
Pulisic’s objective didn’t keep him from being supplanted by Bricklayer Mount at half-time, however things turned much more terrible for Chelsea also worked objectives from Callum Robinson and Mbaye Diagne saw the Baggies open up an exceptional 4-1 lead.
Mount pulled an objective back after unselfish work from Werner, who presently has more helps (11) than objectives (10) this season altogether rivalries, yet it was an instance of short of what was needed for the home side.
Surely, Robinson struck again in added time as West Brom equalled their greatest ever at Stamford Scaffold, with the Baggies last winning 5-2 here in 1928-29.
A shell-stunned Tuchel was left with a lot of something worth mulling over, revealing to BT Game, “I didn’t see it coming, so now we need to take our obligations – me included – and shake it off.”
Notwithstanding, it’s an outcome that will set aside effort to “digest”, as the manager put it. Tuchel’s positive and centered instructing techniques had hidden the faults from the Forthright Lampard period however this game gave proof that they will keep on returning during the revamping position.
Given Chelsea have risen from 10th into the top four since Tuchel’s arrival, one defeat is hardly a disaster and all of the momentum built up by the manager’s good work to date will not be lost because of a poor performance, which, tellingly, arrived after the international break.
It was simply a reminder that this new project remains in its infancy, with too many top talents still underperforming.
Indeed, this most unexpected defensive disaster class has probably taught Tuchel a valuable lesson about which players he can rely on – and, more importantly, those that he can’t.