Chelsea’s festive football program returns to Stamford Bridge tonight, as we play against Brighton in a 7:30 pm (UK time), adding to Thomas Tuchel’s 60th game in charge since January 28th.
This game takes Chelsea into the second quarter of the Premier League season, therefore is it our first match of the season with the seagulls. Because the 19th match on boxing day was a second vision of Aston Villa, the 3-1 win producing the West London side’ the first League double of the 2021/2022 season with a 6-1 aggregate winning.
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‘We are hunting now’ said Romelu Lukaku, after that impressive comeback “every game now is like a final“, a loss to Liverpool last night at the king power stadium the Blues are now leveled-point with the Reds and sixth behind current leaders Manchester City, who has same matchday fixture with Brentford tonight.
The precautionary removals of Thiago Silva and N’golo Kante, during our victory at Villa Park, may mean them sitting out of football match of 2021 at Stamford Bridge, especially with a home match with Liverpool. Likewise, Tuchel might decide to bench Marcos Alonso who have been involved heavily in recent game. Hakim Ziyech and Cesar Azpilicueta were among the unused substitutes in Birmingham. With Kai Havertz and N’ Golo Kante taking part in yesterday’s training.
The German manager will be delighted his second half rotation on boxing day worked out marvelously, center back Trevor Chalobah giving way for centre forward Romelu Lukaku, with Recce James dropping back to counter Ollie Watkins.
Christian Pulisic moved from the middle of the front three to right wing-back and saw much impression on the ball. the Chelsea coaching staff will also have noted his diligent defensive work.
Elsewhere the restoration of Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi showed how much coronavirus had deprived the team, the 21-year old winger and his cutting edge had a huge impact in the game, winning the Blues first penalty himself assisting Lukaku’s header then feeding the Belgian’s searing run that led to our second spot-kick. he has overtaken Arjen Robben as the youngest Chelsea player to contribute 10 assists ever since the record started.