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Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United, Premier League: Post-match reaction, ratings


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An impossibly sad, slow, dross first half — the less said about that, the better — led to some marked improvement in the second half, and a much-needed victory at Stamford Bridge for the boys in Blue.

That victory certainly didn’t seem on the cards early on, but we turned up the urgency and the quality after the break and a quickfire double around the hour-mark settled things quickly.

Cole Palmer finished off a nice ball in from Raheem Sterling to get us on the board, then Palmer turned provider to give Nicolas Jackson a tap-in after the visitors made a right old mess of their defending. They have conceded far more than any other team in the league this season; though we did make them look like Chelsea 2004-06 for a while.

We had chances to add several more to our tally, but Sterling and Broja both wasted amazing opportunities, with the latter missing a tap-in from inside the six.


  • Five changes from last weekend, with Jackson, Sterling, and Silva restored, plus Petrović and Colwill coming in for the injured Sánchez and Cucurella.
  • Shift to a three-man midfield for the final 20+ with Enzo on and the furthest forward
  • Broja & Jackson together for the final 15, Jackson wide left
  • 1g+1a for Palmer (and should’ve been at least 2a); team-leading 8th goal for Jackson
  • Clean sheet for Petrović on his full debut; didn’t have much to do at all
  • Gusto gets a few minutes at the end coming back from his injury, which is good to see
  • No Nkunku today, presumably next time?
  • Next up: Newcastle United in the League Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday


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