Earlier today Chelsea FC’s undefeated run under Thomas Tuchel came to an end against West Brom. Ending streaks is nothing new to football or the world of sports for that matter but this case is significant because of the way the run was ended and what it now means for the division.
The final score was West Brom 5 and Chelsea 2 which would lead one to believe Tuchel’s men were completely outclassed on the day. However, the events tell a different story. It was Chelsea who had opened the scoring courtesy of a rebound by Christian Pulisic. It was business as usual and all smiles, but Chelsea’s glee was soon interrupted by a red card to Chelsea center back, Thiago Silva only two minutes later.
The defender had just returned to the team after being absent for 10 previous outings but unfortunately, he managed to pick up two yellow cards inside 29 minutes.
Chelsea was now a man down with a compromised defence and as they should, West Brom capitalised with two late strikes by Matheus Pereira in the first half. In any case, the first half concluded offering Tuchel’s men an opportunity to reshape and restructure but their efforts proved futile when West Brom forward Callum Robinson made it 1-3 at 63 minutes. Five minutes later Mbaye Diagne added another making the task seemingly insurmountable by even the most optimistic of Chelsea fans. Mason Mount pulled one back for the blues, but it was a mere consolation which was further made so by another Callum Robinson goal on the 90th.
Chelsea still sits in the fourth position in the table but with these three points, West Brom narrows the gap between them and Chelsea to two points.
Which football league is the best in the world has been a topic of discussion in many forums and setting around the world however the English Premier League remains the most televised, watched and supported because of events like today.
Chelsea is next in action on Wednesday vs F.C Porto in the champions league and West Brom’s next match is next Sunday vs Leicester City.