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Fulham vs Chelsea consequence and highlights

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As Graham Potter so badly struggles to seek out options, and even objectives, Chelsea someway discover new methods to lose.

This was actually the last word take a look at of persistence, and credulity, at the same time as everybody insists the supervisor will probably be given time. New mortgage signing Joao Felix had added a sharpness to Chelsea’s assault on his debut, solely to then show blunt drive and astoundingly get himself despatched off to see a 1-1 draw spiral right into a deserved 2-1 defeat to buoyant Fulham.

The Portuguese will now miss matches towards Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Fulham once more if his suspension stands, and questions will solely improve as as to whether Potter will even final that lengthy.

Those on the membership will after all preserve repeating the identical phrases a few long-term mission however the numbers are presently talking a lot louder. It was Chelsea’s first defeat to Fulham since 2006, which made it seven losses from 11 in all competitions and simply six factors from the final 9 Premier League video games.

It can’t preserve going like this however it’s someway getting worse – as so neatly illustrated by Felix’s wild problem.

Perhaps it’s only a signal your luck is out, occasions conspiring towards you. It was tough to not really feel pity for Potter.

It was even more durable to not admire Marco Silva. While the state of affairs at Chelsea is inevitably the larger story, Fulham have quietly been the revelation of the marketing campaign. They rise to sixth as Chelsea drop to tenth. That they did it with out Aleksander Mitrovic made it all of the extra spectacular, particularly as Carlos Vinicius claimed the profitable objective with a objective worthy of the same old number-nine.

Questions may very well be requested of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s misjudgement of the cross however it was only one extra error so as to add to {the catalogue} which have made this marketing campaign so depressing. Many, not least among the followers who sang Thomas Tuchel’s identify, would possibly nicely see the sacking of the German and substitute with Potter as the largest error of all. They once more sang Roman Abramovich’s identify, simply as they’d within the FA Cup at Manchester City on Sunday.

That was a 4-0 defeat and but this someway felt worse, due to how uncontrolled it grew to become. Fulham followers in the meantime went to the inevitable. “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”

Even if that doesn’t occur on Friday, it’s unattainable to not really feel like elements and forces are conspiring to make that occur quickly.

That can simply occur in soccer, particularly for those who don’t have the charisma or profession that the figures Potter retains pointing to do, similar to Jurgen Klopp. That could characterize an insurmountable downside, particularly as regards rallying one thing from a squad which can be clearly affected by doubt.

Fulham had been in the meantime filled with conviction, testomony to Silva’s resounding impact and his personal admirable Premier League redemption.

There had been different little narrative themes so as to add to this horror twist for Potter, amongst them the ex returning to trigger ache.

It was after all Willian who had opened the scoring for Fulham, and was central to so lots of their assaults, pinning them again all through the sport. Felix had by that time recommended he could do one thing comparable for Chelsea, as he added an power.

Fulham simply weren’t cowed or pushed again by Potter’s assault. They knew there’s a vulnerability in a really tender Chelsea proper now and had been greater than keen to go for it. That is consistent with the whole angle Silva has instilled on this workforce, to be honest, however there was much more encouragement right here. Those gaps regarded so inviting, in spite of everything.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid had already smashed the crossbar having surged by means of one in every of them, and extra saved showing. Carlos Vinicius had already provided warning. Chelsea’s defenders needed to stretch themselves to shut up, and it after all ran the chance of a ball deflecting the improper manner.

That was inevitably what occurred, with a participant who inevitably had the lucky shot.



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As if to additional illustrate that, Denis Zakaria – one of many few Chelsea gamers performing to the next degree of late – was taken off injured. Given how Chelsea have performed of late – and particularly how they’ve attacked – this regarded prefer it may have been one other worryingly limp defeat. As it was, Potter’s aspect confirmed some resolve, however that solely conspired to make it worse as a result of it fostered the sense of occasions going out of the supervisor’s management.

Mason Mount had proven spectacular ingenuity to try to catch out Bernd Leno with a free-kick. His shot bounced off the put up when everybody anticipated a cross, and there was Kalidou Koulibaly to divert it in. Chelsea had a reprieve, they had been again in it. That ought to have calmed them down. Felix as a substitute went in wildly, to make sure a nasty season began to essentially spiral.

Fulham vs Chelsea consequence and highlights
Fulham vs Chelsea consequence and highlights

Potter has by no means skilled something like this. Neither have Chelsea. Felix someway gave this membership, which have had such a vibrant trendy historical past, one thing even they hadn’t seen. The marvel is whether or not the hierarchy will nonetheless insist of their imaginative and prescient



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