Don’t modify your TV set (or telephone display, for you younger’uns): West Bromwich Albion have scored FIVE in opposition to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues should have thought they have been going to be eased again into the Premier League rigmarole good and gently with the go to of the second worst group within the prime flight, and cement their place within the prime 4 within the course of.
In actual fact, the pre-match vibes all spoke to a clean-sheet whitewash within the offing.
And the early indicators, even with the returning and barely shaky Thiago Silva, have been that Thomas Tuchel could be strolling house with three factors.
Solely 27 minutes in, Christian Pulisic broke the impasse, bagging his first purpose of the Tuchel period.
The enjoyable and video games lasted fewer than two minutes nonetheless, because the aforementioned Silva dipped into his infinite bag of expertise and knowhow, utterly ignored no matter he pulled out, and dedicated a foolish problem to earn a second yellow card.
Branislav Ivanovic additionally made his return to Stamford Bridge after having fun with a profitable 9 years with the Blues, however his afternoon lasted 13 minutes, because the substitute needed to be subbed off with an harm.
Inevitably, Chelsea collapsed with solely ten males, conceding twice in first-half harm time to someway head into the dressing rooms behind.
Tuchel determined he needed to swap it up at half-time, taking off goalscorer Pulisic and bringing on followers’ favorite Mason Mount. Regardless of his purpose, a few of you were not too satisfied that the American is again and firing at his finest.
Not all of you utterly agreed with Tuchel’s determination, in fact.
Glass-half-full Chelsea supporters took loads of consolation from the return of Pulisic to the scoresheet – maybe a bit an excessive amount of consolation – as in, they did not give two hoots that they have been getting completely pasted by some correct plodders.
I feel that man has forgotten that Chelsea have been shedding with Pulisic on the pitch, too…
So, 2-1 down at half-time, it was time for the Blues to return out and blow the Baggies away. As an alternative, they have been ripped aside twice by Large Sam’s boys, as West Brom quickly reworked into West Brazil.
Delight of Stamford Bridge Mount did pull one again, though many questioned Timo Werner’s determination to not shoot with the purpose gaping (having seen his miss for Germany in midweek, he in all probability made the best alternative).
After which, simply to rub it in, Robinson scored a fifth in injury-time to sentence Chelsea to a humiliating 5-2 defeat.
Let’s face it, we all the time knew Large Sam would have the final snicker.
By no means write him off.