Joao Felix had a difficult start to life at Chelsea, having made the move from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. The Portuguese was sent off on his debut for the Premier League side following a high challenge on Fulham defender Kenny Tete
Joao Felix opened his Chelsea account by getting on the end of a delightful assist from Enzo Fernandez to put his side ahead against West Ham.
Felix handed immediate start after suspension
Scored first goal from delightful Enzo assist
Emerson equalised for Hammers shortly after
WHAT HAPPENED? The Argentina star chipped in a sumptuous pass over the Hammers defence to find Felix in acres of space just yards out. The Portugal international appeared to have all the time in the world as he fired home a well-controlled volley past a helpless Lukasz Fabianski. The goal is Felix’s first in Chelsea Blue, in what was only his second appearance for the club following his three-game suspension.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The link-up between the two will be a welcome sign to Chelsea fans, who are in need of improving their offensive impetus this campaign. Graham Potter’s side were at fault at the other end of the pitch just 12 minutes later, though, with some weak defending allowing former Blue Emerson Palmieri to turn home from close range to make it 1-1 in an electric first half.
WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? Felix will hope he can continue his fine form in front of goal when the Blues travel to Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 matchup on Wednesday.
The Portugal international, on loan from Atletico Madrid, was named in the Chelsea line-up after completing his three-match suspension for a red card on his debut against Fulham.
“Having sat and watched three games, he’s already shown the quality he’s got.”
Prior to the goal, Chelsea were very much in the groove while Felix had the ball in the net after his chip hit the post before scoring into an empty net
Chelsea set up shop. Mudryk almost loses it but wins it back with a sliding challenge. Enzo picks it up, looks up, and picks out Félix at the far post with a curling ball. Félix times his run to perfection, and his finish is unerring. 1-0, CHELSEA!
— Tope Joel Omotimehin (@Tope_Joel2) February 11, 2023
Strongest Chelsea line up with Christopher Nkunku to take attack to the next level
After missing the season due to a knee injury, Christopher Nkunku is almost ready to make his Chelsea debut. However, Mauricio Pochettino must decide where the £52 million summer acquisition will fit into an improving team. Nkunku is expected to resume full training soon and may make his debut on Saturday against Newcastle.
His absence caused Chelsea to struggle mightily during the early part of the season, as the Frenchman scored three goals in four games during the preseason tour of the United States, around which Pochettino had built his attack.
Nkunku has returned to an improving Chelsea after eight goals in two games against Tottenham and Manchester City, but he has the ability to step up this onslaught even more.
The easiest method for Nkunku to join the club is to replace Nicolas Jackson as the centre striker.
Jackson’s hat-trick against Tottenham brought his season total of goals scored in 14 games to a respectable seven.
However, he has been uneasy in games vs weaker teams and found it difficult to be the centre of attention when the opposition lined up in a low block.
Final EPL Table after Today’s Matches as Man City drops points in the Title Race
An entertaining eight-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge comes to an end with both Man City and Chelsea sharing the points after a 4-4 draw.
The game took a while to catch fire, Haaland putting City ahead in the 25th minute from the spot after being hauled down by Cucurella,
Buut Chelsea responded, levelling through Thiago Silva’s header before Sterling scored against his former team to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
Back came City, though, as an unmarked Akanji restored parity with a header in first-half added time before Haaland bundled home his second of the game to put the champions 3-2 up.
Chelsea would again answer through Jackson to make it three goals apiece, but Rodri appeared to net the winner with four minutes left, firing home via a huge deflection off Thiago Silva to put City on the verge of victory.
There would be one final twist, however, as Broja came off the bench to win a penalty after being brought down by Dias before Palmer, against the club whose academy he grew up in, stepped up to fire home from the spot and earn Chelsea a point.
The result moves Chelsea up into the top half, and they will look to continue their upturn in form away at injury-hit Newcastle United next Saturday.
City miss the chance to extend their lead at the summit to three points, and they have a huge home game with Liverpool to look forward to next weekend.
Below is the final EPL Table after Today’s Matches;
CHE 4-4 MCI: Match Review And Latest Premier League Table
In a fascinating English Premier League game on Sunday evening, Chelsea secured a hard-fought 4-4 draw against Manchester City, thanks to a stoppage-time penalty from former City player Cole Palmer.
Chelsea’s positive start was momentarily halted when Marc Cucurella fouled Erling Haaland, who confidently converted the subsequent penalty for his 12th Premier League goal of the season. Undeterred, the Londoners struck back with Thiago Silva’s header and Raheem Sterling’s goal against his former club.
The second half continued the intense action, with Haaland scoring early on. Despite key saves from Robert Sánchez, Nicolas Jackson extended Chelsea’s lead. Rodri’s goal seemed to secure the win for Manchester City, but Rúben Dias’s late foul on Armando Broja led to a dramatic stoppage-time penalty, expertly converted by Palmer.
Chelsea’s resilience maintained their positive form under Mauricio Pochettino, having lost only one of their last eight games across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Manchester City remains unbeaten in six competitive fixtures and sits atop the Premier League table.
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