Chilwell shines on first league start in big Chelsea win over Palace


Ben Chilwell scores to put Chelsea ahead against Crystal Palace
Ben Chilwell is just the third player to score and assist a goal on their Premier League debut for Chelsea, after Deco in 2008 and Alvaro Morata in 2017.

Summer signing Ben Chilwell scored one and assisted another on his first Premier League start since his £45m move from Leicester City as Chelsea returned to winning ways against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Having made his first appearance on Tuesday as Frank Lampard’s side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Tottenham, Chilwell marked his 100th Premier League appearance by firing in at the back post following Mamadou Sakho’s failed clearance.

Chilwell, 23, then delivered an excellent cross from the left to allow Kurt Zouma to head in a second after 66 minutes, before Jorginho stepped up to convert two penalties in the space of four minutes to seal victory.

Manager Lampard also handed a league debut to £22m goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as the hosts, led in defence by fellow summer addition Thiago Silva, registered a first clean sheet of the season.

The Blues struggled to break down a typically solid Palace defence in an uneventful first half, as Timo Werner shot straight at Vicente Guaita and both Jorginho and Tammy Abraham failed to hit the target from Chilwell corners.

Visitors Palace failed to muster a shot on target in a toothless display and never looked likely to respond as Chelsea’s quality told after the interval.

Chelsea climb into the top four before the rest of the weekend’s action, while defeat leaves Crystal Palace in eighth.

New-look Chelsea begin to take shape

Following their first starts for the club in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup exit, Mendy and Chilwell’s league bows were among six changes made by Lampard to the side which clawed back a point in a 3-3 draw with promoted West Brom last weekend.

The new-look Blues – who avoided back-to-back defeats on that occasion courtesy of Abraham’s late equaliser – dominated possession on Saturday but were initially frustrated in their attempts to unlock a Palace side content to sit back for much of the first half.

It was a rare error in the Eagles defence which allowed Chilwell to fire his new side ahead, as Sakho’s attempted headed clearance dropped perfectly for the England international.

With Palace forced to pursue an equaliser, Chelsea’s youthful side began to flow – with the free-to-roam Kai Havertz, 21, in particular a constant headache for the Eagles defence as he stretched the back-line with clever movement off the ball.

Chilwell had delivered delightful crosses from the left throughout and Zouma eventually took advantage to grant the left-back the assist his efforts deserved.

Abraham had gone close to adding a third but headed wide from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross and the striker drew the foul from Tyrick Mitchell shortly after to allow Jorginho to put the result beyond doubt with a cool spot-kick after 78 minutes.

Abraham was left aggrieved when Jorginho once again insisted on penalty taking duties after Havertz was felled by Sakho a few minutes later, and the Italy international made no mistake to lessen the chance of any ill-feeling from his team-mate.

While it is generally accepted that the introduction of £200m-worth of new talent would take some time to settle, the second half performance will have delighted Lampard, who finally has some proof of progress and a promising sign of what could be to come.

More to follow.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number15Player nameZouma

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  9. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  10. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  11. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

  1. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  2. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  4. Squad number12Player nameSakho

  5. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  7. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  8. Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy

  9. Squad number25Player nameEze

  10. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  11. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  1. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  2. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 64mins
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 15Zouma
  • 21Chilwell
  • 7KantéBooked at 70minsSubstituted forKovacicat 83′minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forPulisicat 83′minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 11Werner
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Tomori
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 19Mount
  • 24James

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 12Sakho
  • 27Mitchell
  • 10Townsend
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forRiedewaldat 72′minutes
  • 22McCarthySubstituted forMilivojevicat 67′minutes
  • 25Eze
  • 11Zaha
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 6Dann
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 20Benteke
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

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