Anthony Elanga’s sole goal helped Nottingham Forest secure a victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. (Ảnh: Reuters)
Despite their offensive efforts, Chelsea paid a bitter price when Nottingham Forest took the lead in the 48th minute. Anthony Elanga was the one who put the visitors ahead, leaving Stamford Bridge in silence.
Chelsea’s disappointment grew even bigger as their record signing, Moises Caicedo, made a costly mistake leading to the goal. The £115 million midfielder lost the ball in the midfield due to a clumsy play, allowing Taiwo Awoniyi to seize the opportunity and assist Anthony Elanga in beating goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
6686 ĐÁ GÀ_Prior to conceding the goal early in the second half, Chelsea dominated the first half with 69% possession and 11 shots. However, the home team’s attack was slow-paced and could only produce shots from unfavorable positions against Nottingham Forest’s compact defense.
Caicedo individually and Chelsea as a team had a forgettable performance. (Ảnh: Reuters)
The ironic thing was that Chelsea played even worse after conceding the goal. Manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to switch from a 3-4-3 formation to 4-2-3-1 and bring attacking players like Cole Palmer, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Noni Madueke off the bench only made The Blues’ style of play more chaotic.
Chelsea’s best chance came from Raheem Sterling’s individual effort in the 83rd minute. Unfortunately, Nicolas Jackson’s shot hit the crossbar unluckily after Raheem Sterling dribbled inside the box and provided a favorable pass.
A large number of spectators left early, before the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.
This result temporarily places Nottingham Forest in 9th position in the Premier League table with 6 points. Meanwhile, Chelsea sits in 11th place with 4 points.
This win helps Nottingham Forest rank first among Southeast Asian teams in the U23 Asian qualifiers.
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