After a dramatic draw away to West Brom and a midweek cup exit to Tottenham, this is exactly the kind of reaction Frank Lampard would’ve wanted from his side. A 4-0 victory with Ben Chilwell, Kurt Zouma and two penalties from Jorginho all ensuring the 3 points for Chelsea.
Frank Lampard made six changes to the side that featured at The Hawthorns last week. Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell made their Premier League debuts for the blues, while Kurt Zouma was preferred to Andreas Christensen at centre back and Azpilicueta replaced Reece James at right back. There was also a change in midfield as Jorginho made up the double pivot with N’Golo Kante at the expense of Mateo Kovacic and after a few days of heavy speculation about his future at the club, Callum Hudson-Odoi started on the wing, giving Mason Mount a much needed break.
Chelsea were finding it a bit difficult to break the Palace block in the first half. They had some chances, with a particularly good one coming from a brilliant run by Havertz and pass to Werner which he couldn’t finish. Havertz in particular looked very good in the first half, making forward runs and being everywhere in the final third, which made it very difficult for the Palace defenders. Hudson-Odoi was also very effective on the right wing but just didn’t have that killer instinct in the final third.
However, all that was quickly consigned to history as Chilwell put Chelsea ahead early on in the second half, through a ball from Hudson-Odoi from the opposite flank. Chilwell then played in a beautiful cross to Zouma who headed in the second at the 66th minute after failing to score from a corner. Chelsea were on the front foot almost the entire time from then, with Palace having some half decent chances, which the likes of Thiago Silva kept out.
Tammy Abraham was then tripped in the box by Tyrick Mitchell, which presented Jorginho to score a penalty to cap off what was a very solid display from the Italian. In the last 10 minutes of the match, Havertz won another penalty with Mamadou Sakho the culprit this time. After a short tussle with Abraham, Jorginho stepped up again to score his second penalty of the game.
Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic were then brought on when there wasn’t much left to do in the game. Pulisic made some decent runs and some moments linking up with Havertz and Werner in his brief but very important cameo for the new Chelsea number 10. A very strong team performance with a few individual standouts won Chelsea all three points at home. The goals all came from unlikely sources, but the likes of Havertz, Werner and Abraham all had promising games and will soon be looking to break their deadlock in the Premier League.