Five-star Albion Hammer Chelsea To End Tuchel's Unbeaten Start
Zeeshan Mehtab 13 days ago Sat 03rd April 2021 | 07:54 PM
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Apr, 2021 ) :Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday.
But that impressive start came to an embarrassing end as West Brom ran riot at Stamford Bridge.
That proved the turning point as Albion's Matheus Pereira struck twice in first half stoppage-time.
Mbaye Diagne grabbed West Brom's third goal and Callum Robinson netted twice to leave Tuchel shell-shocked.
"We were unable to cope with the red card. I don't know why. We gave away two very easy goals," Tuchel said.
It was the worst possible preparation for their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto on Wednesday.
"It's important we digest it. I did not see it coming, now we have to take our responsibilities - me included - and shake it off," Tuchel said.
"It's a wake-up call. We will get the right response." West Brom remain second bottom but their first league win at Chelsea since 1978 gives them a glimmer of hope in the fight to avoid relegation.
- Ominous signs - The early signs were ominous when Jorginho's wayward pass was intercepted by Pereira on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area, forcing Thiago into a cynical foul that earned him a yellow card.
Despite their sloppy start, Tuchel's men took the lead in the 27th minute.
But Thiago gifted Albion a lifeline two minutes later when he jumped into a rash two-footed foul on Okay Yokuslu, earning his second booking.
Chelsea were punished for some dismal defending in first half stoppage-time.
The Blues fell behind with virtually the last kick of the half.
Chelsea nearly drew level immediately when Johnstone made a hash of James' cross, forcing Semi Ajayi to turn Alonso's shot onto the post.
But they suffered a hammer blow in the 63rd minute.
Chelsea were in tatters and West Brom compounded their misery with a superb 68th minute break that featured a flurry of deft passes before Diagne slotted home.
Mount reduced the deficit with a close-range finish in the 71st minute.
But Tuchel's misery was complete in stoppage-time when Robinson struck again with a dinked finish.