Ben Chilwell shows exactly what Chelsea have been missing at left-back as Blues see off Crystal Palace


Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Week four of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign got underway a short time ago.

The first tie of the week pitted Frank Lampard’s Chelsea against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea, despite their huge summer spending, heading into Saturday’s game yet to really find their form this term.

The Blues last outing saw them ousted from the League Cup vs Tottenham and before that, they were held to a 3-3 draw vs recently-promoted West Brom.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have had a solid start to the campaign, picking up two wins from three – one of which came against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

As a result, the Eagles will no doubt have fancied their chances of getting something from a Chelsea side still unable to start either of Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech:

But when all was said and done at the Bridge, it would be Chelsea who came away with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Chelsea dominate

Chelsea, despite their rather patchy form, started the game very positively.

The Blues were getting a fair bit of joy out wide with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell and Cesar Azpilicueta all looking to cause Palace problems early on.

Tammy Abraham was then presented with a lovely cross from Jorginho, but the Englishman was unable to direct his header on target.

N’Golo Kante then smashed an effort over 14 minutes in as Chelsea struggled to break down a very deep Palace backline.

Perhaps Chelsea’s best chance of the opening 20 minutes fell to Timo Werner, who hit his effort straight at the Palace keeper after the home side had counter-attacked well. This was followed by Jorginho striking an effort over moments later after yet another solid delivery from Chilwell.

The left-back produced another superb delivery from a corner 25 minutes in, with Abraham this time heading over.

The Chelsea no.9 found himself presented him another good opportunity shortly before the break, but Abraham was unable to properly control the ball from Jorginho.

However, for all their dominance, Chelsea went in at the break without opening the scoring.

As for Palace, they caused Chelsea very few problems and were unable to muster up a single shot on target during the first 45. The Eagles, though, had largely defended well and limited the clear-cut chances Chelsea had.

Chilwell stars

As was the case in the first 45, Chelsea began proceedings in the second half very much on the front foot.

And with 50 minutes on the clock, Lampard’s men were eventually awarded for their dominance.

A loose ball in the Palace box fell to Ben Chilwell, who riffled his effort straight past Vicente Guaita.

Chilwell then came close to turning provider. The England international whipped yet another superb corner in just before the hour mark. But as had been a theme throughout the day, Kurt Zouma glanced his headed effort wide.

The Frenchman would, however, make no mistakes five minutes later when Chilwell once again produced another  outstanding cross, which Zouma rose highest to meet before smashing his header into the top of Palace’s net.

Abraham then really should have killed the game off 15 minutes from time. But the attacker directed his header wide. The hitman redeemed himself seconds later, however, winning a penalty for the Blues.

Jorginho then stepped up and made no mistake, adding Chelsea’s 3rd and ensuring they were coming away with all three points.

Palace collapsed somewhat after the 3rd, giving away a second penalty, which Jorginho once again stepped up to convert.

The final whistle blew with the score at 4-0 and Ben Chilwell most certainly man of the match.

Obviously, a lot of the spotlight has been on the signings of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz of late.

And though Chilwell still set the Londoners back a premium fee, his addition had somewhat been overlooked.

However, the full-backs display against Palace showed exactly why Chelsea signed him from Leicester.

The 23-year-old was almost faultless at both ends of the pitch, with his crossing ability a particular highlight.

And though Chelsea as a squad do look to still have some issues to work out, Lampard and co. should be able to take comfort in the fact they have arguably solved their left-back issue for at least the next few years.

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# Team MP D P
1 Leicester City FC 3 8 9
2 Liverpool FC 3 5 9
3 Everton FC 3 5 9
4 Aston Villa FC 2 4 6
5 Arsenal FC 3 2 6
6 Crystal Palace FC 3 2 6
7 Leeds United 3 1 6
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 2 4
9 Chelsea FC 3 0 4
10 Newcastle United FC 3 -1 4
11 West Ham United FC 3 1 3
12 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3 0 3
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14 Manchester United FC 2 -1 3
15 Southampton FC 3 -3 3
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 -4 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 3 -6 1
18 Burnley FC 2 -3 0
19 Sheffield United FC 3 -4 0
20 Fulham FC 3 -7 0
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 5
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 5
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 4
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 3
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 3
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 3
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 3
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Costa, Helder Leeds United 2
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 2
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 2
Zouma, Kurt Chelsea FC 2
Robinson, Callum West Bromwich Albion 2
Mitrovic, Aleksandar Fulham FC 2
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 2
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 1