Dreadful Chelsea performance hands Crystal Palace first league win
Chelsea suffered their third league defeat on Saturday to their London rivals Crystal Palace. The Eagles hadn’t won a single game this season but managed to triumph the reign champions as an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta and a quick strike from Wilfried Zaha were enough to see out Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first Premier League goal.
The game kicked off with a flash as the hosts scored their first goal of the campaign inside just eleven minutes. Yohann Cabaye volleyed a shot on goal which was deflected in from Azpilicueta’s back, leaving Thibaut Courtois with no chance to save the strike.
Chelsea climbed back even stevens just seven minutes after Palace’s opener, as Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in Cesc Fabregas’ neat corner. It was his second Chelsea goal and has promised to dye his hair blue once opening his account in the league, so that’s one more thing to look forward ahead of our clash against AS Roma on Wednesday.
Chelsea enjoyed the majority of the ball on the first half, but it was Palace who struck again. Zaha escaped the Blues defenders after a sloppy touch from Willian in midfield and struck a fine finish to the bottom corner just before half-time.
Conte’s men found themselves in a tough position after the first period and changes had to be made. One of the substitutions had already been used before half-time as Davide Zappacosta replaced injured Victor Moses on the right wing-back’s position. Michy Batshuayi came off before the hour-mark as Pedro was brought on from the bench. Charly Musonda came on soon after, but was unable to find the net from close distance after chesting down Fabregas’ brilliant pass.
Chelsea kept coming closer and closer, but were unable to rescue a point from the Selhurst Park as the game finished 2-1 for Palace.
Chelsea will return to action on Wednesday when they face AS Roma in the third Champions League fixture of the season.