Chelsea picked up their first victory of the new season on Friday. The Blues comprehensively beat Luton Town, by scoreline of 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. This was an extremely important result for Chelsea, as it was followed up by a 3-1 loss to West Ham United.
Pochettino ball finally seems to have begun at Chelsea. Their performance against Luton was quite remarkable. Each and every player’s display was great.
However, the standout players of the night were Raheem Sterling and Malo Gusto. Sterling scored a brace, with both his goals being assisted by Gusto, who earned a place in the starting 11 by replacing the injured Reece James. Therefore, a very important performance for him as well.
Apart from these two, it was a memorable day for a few other players as well. Nicholas Jackson finally scored his first goal for the Blues. Moises Caicedo made his first start, with a much improved performance than his debut game. Despite Chelsea’s win and their players’ incredible performance, one player has recieved criticism for one particular incident during the game.
“Such poor descision making!”
Chelsea’s deputy captain Ben Chilwell has faced backlash from fans online and even some experts, for a particular incident during the game. During the game, Chilwell received the ball near Luton’s penalty box, drove inside the box in open space, having just the goalkeeper between him and the goal. However, instead of having a shot at goal, Chilwell decided to pass the ball to Sterling, who was arriving but was quite behind. As a result, the ball was intercepted and the attack was broken.
Chilwell has recieved a lot of criticism for his descision making in that situation. Many people seemed to be completely ‘baffled‘ by the Englishman’s descision of not shooting the ball, despite being completely open inside the box.
Along with the fans, Sky Sports Expert Jamie Carragher has also expressed his shock regarding Chilwell’s descision. Commentating during the match, Jamie said: “That was just bizarre! He drives through the middle and he is in the centre of the goal, unmarked. Unbelievable! It’s awful. It really is. Such poor decision making. Maybe he was reluctant to use his right foot, or lost his bearings a little? Just trying to find excuses as to why he wouldn’t shoot there. The goal was right in front of him. If Luton get back into the game, that moment will certainly be looked at.” Luckily, Chelsea managed to score 2 more goals and seal the victory.
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