Chelsea welcomed Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge earlier today as they hoped to kick off their Premier League season with a win in front of their home supporters. The Blues dominated the game in the first half and got themselves ahead in the 27th minute courtesy of Marcos Alonso’s goal. Christian Pulisic doubled Chelsea’s advantage when he found the back of the net in the 40th minute. Thomas Tuchel’s men went into the half-time interval with a handsome two-goal lead.
Trevoh Chalobah got a dream Premier League debut goal for the West London outfit in the 58th minute when he scored with a powerful strike to put daylight between the two London teams. The contest ended with the Blues securing an impressive 3-0 derby win over the Selhurst-based club.
Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player performed during the clash against the Eagles.
GK: Edouard Mendy – 7/10
The Blues keeper had to make one save during the game and secured an easy clean sheet at home.
CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 8.5/10
It was an excellent Premier League debut for the talented youngster as he produced a memorable goal-scoring performance for Chelsea at right-back. He was strong in the air and grew in confidence as the game progressed.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 7/10
Christensen cleared his lines when needed and also made a few crucial interceptions for his side. He will be happy with the clean sheet today.
CB: Antonio Rudiger – 7/10
He did what was asked of him inside his half and put in a commanding performance during the game.
RM: Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10
The Spaniard got stuck in with multiple crunching tackles to stop Palace from creating too many chances from his side. However, he ran out of energy and got replaced midway through the second half.
CM: Jorginho – 7.5/10
The Italian sensation protected his backline quite well and made one key chance in the Palace half.
CM: Mateo Kovacic – 7.5/10
Kovacic caused all kinds of problems for the opposition with his creativity and running. He ended the game with an assist to his name.
LM: Marcos Alonso – 8.5/10
Alonso caused a lot of headaches for the Eagles defenders and gave his team the all-important lead with a great goal.
LAM: Christian Pulisic – 7.5/10
Pulisic was a constant menace for the Palace centre-backs and managed to get his name on the scoresheet with a brilliant finish from close range.
RAM: Mason Mount – 7/10
The English playmaker engineered some decent plays for others around him but there was no goal for him today.
ST: Timo Werner – 6.5/10
The German forward had a couple of bright moments but did not do enough to get himself a goal.
RM: Reece James – 6/10
James was full of energy down the right flank.
LAM: Kai Havertz – N/A
He hardly had any time to make an impact.
LM: Emerson – N/A
Emerson came off the bench to run the clock down for Chelsea.