Saturday, 31 July, 2021

Chelsea thrashed at home 2-5 by West Brom


Chelsea’s 14-match unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel was brought to an abrupt end as West Bromwich Albion pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the season so far, thrashing the blues 2-5 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea played with 10 men for majority of the match after Thiago Silva was sent off on the 29th minute mark, but it takes nothing away from West Brom who were simply superb, repeatedly catching Chelsea on the counter-attack and each of their goals was of high quality.

Chelsea took the lead in the 27th minute when Christian Pulisic followed up after Marcos Alonso’s free-kick came off the post. However, two minutes later Chelsea’s day started to take a turn for the worse when Thiago was shown a second yellow for a rash challenge on Okay Yokuslu.

That was followed by a horror show in first-half stoppage time as Pereira took centre stage. The Brazilian’s first effort was a cute finish over Edouard Mendy before he finished off a gorgeous move with a low strike between three defenders to ensure they lead at halftime.

West Brom then went for the jugular as substitute Robinson made it 3-1 with a sensational side-foot volley before Mbaye Diagne finished off a sweet move with an even sweeter strike.

England midfielder Mason Mount, brought on at half-time, tapped in to reduce the deficit but the Baggies resisted other Chelsea threats before Robinson capped off a great day for the visitors with a clipped finish.

The result moves the 19th-placed side to within seven points of 17th-placed Newcastle, and even if they do not manage the improbable and escape relegation, they will look back on this day with great pride.

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