Chelsea were thrashed by West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the Blues registered their first loss under Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea were ripped to pieces by West Brom in the Premier League clash on Saturday. The Blues, who were yet to be beaten under their new manager, Thomas Tuchel, were outplayed by the Baggies who thrashed them 5-2.
In a surprising stat, Chelsea had kept seven consecutive clean sheets at home prior to their clash against West Brom. Thiago Silva returned to the starting lineup after spending eight weeks on the sidelines due to a knee injury. However, the Brazilian put up a poor display, getting sent off in the opening half an hour after picking up two yellow cards.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the 27th minute, with Christian Pulisic putting the goal in the back of net after Marcos Alonso‘s free kick rebounded off the post. However, it was only an uphill for the Blues thereon.
Matheus Pereira scored a brace in the dying stages of the first half, before Callum Robinson pilled on the misery in the second half as he treated himself to two goals. Mbaye Diagne also managed to get his name on the scoresheet, scoring for the Baggies in the 68th minute. Chelsea were never in the game during the second half as a Mason Mount strike counted only as a consolation.
What were the three main talking points from an astonishing result?
CHELSEA LOSE GRIP OVER SECURING A TOP FOUR SPOT
Securing a top four finish remains the club’s top priority this season, as it is absolutely mandatory that the Blues remain in the Champions League next season in order to attract some world class players in the summer. Securing a Champions League spot through winning the competition this season is also an option, but the Blues will likely take the easier route of a top four finish, more so, considering their destiny in the league remains in their own hand.
West Ham have an opportunity to go above Chelsea on Monday if they are able to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers. With Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur also in hunt for a top four finish next season, Chelsea must take this loss as an eye opener and make sure that they finish the league on a high. Tuchel will only hope that such a performance by his men was a blip along the way.