Chelsea finished their second home game of the season with a much-needed win against Crystal Palace, claiming a comfortable 4-0 victory at the Bridge. Here are 5 things we learnt from the match…
Ben Chilwell: Deserved MOTM
There was, of course, only one player to start with during this ‘5 things’ series and that was new signing Mr Ben Chilwell. The left-back had a superb game on Saturday, scoring the first goal of the match and registering an assist – securing the perfect Premier League debut for the Blues. Not only was the 23-year-old solid defensively, but he was also great in attack. It looks like things may finally be looking up for Chelsea’s defence.
A Clean Sheet (Finally!)
Speaking of positives in defence, Frank Lampard’s side also managed to secure a clean sheet against the Eagles on Saturday. Yes, you heard that right. Clean sheets don’t come along very often at Chelsea anymore, so it’s great when they finally do. Although Palace didn’t exactly pose a threat for Edouard Mendy, with Roy Hodgson’s team failing to register a single shot on target, there were no worries across the backline. Mendy looked comfortable in his new role, while Kurt Zouma made some impressive tackles and also got a goal.
Thiago Silva – The Perfect Addition
However, Chilwell and Zouma weren’t the only defenders who had an impressive game at the weekend. Of course, our captain Cesar Azpilicueta was reliable (as he always is), but Thiago Silva particularly stood out. The 36-year-old read the game perfectly, was vocal and made some important interceptions within the 90 minutes. He looks perfect alongside Zouma as the current centre-back partnership for Chelsea.
Jorginho Loves a Penalty
As the midfielder got the last two goals for Chelsea, it would be rude not to include Jorginho. Yes, they were penalties, but it’s always reassuring to know you can count on the 28-year-old to score from the spot. Despite the miss early on this campaign, he looks to be back to his best. Although it was clear that Tammy Abraham wanted to take it, Jorginho was rightly called upon by the captain.
An All-Round Positive Performance
It’s fair to say that every Chelsea player put in a good shift on Saturday. Although that certainly hasn’t been the case in recent matches, not one of Frank Lampard’s men had a bad game against Palace, and they seem to slowly be discovering each other’s strengths. Despite failing to score, Werner had some good chances, Callum Hudson-Odoi looked promising and Havertz once again looked impressive. With more players still coming back from injury, hopefully Lampard will be able to find the perfect starting XI soon.