Chelsea Football Club’s prolonged wait for a Premier League victory finally came to an end on a Monday night clash at Craven Cottage, where they won a convincing 2-0 win against Fulham. The match saw Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja shine, giving Chelsea with two crucial goals within a minute during the first half. These important points elevated Chelsea to 11th place in the Premier League standings, marking a much-needed turnaround for Mauricio Pochettino’s struggling squad.
For Chelsea, this victory was not only a relief but also a turning point in their Premier League quest. Their last league win had happened on August 25, and this triumph was only their second in the top flight throughout the entire season. Conor Gallagher, Chelsea’s captain, expressed the team’s relief, saying, “It was a decent performance, maybe not as good as we would like, but the most important thing was three points, and we desperately needed that.”
Mykhailo Mudryk & Armando Broja Goals for Chelsea:
The first goal of the match came in the 18th minute when Mykhailo Mudryk, a high-profile $108 million signing from the previous season, showcased his ability. He controlled a precise pass from Levi Colwill before easily slotting the ball past Fulham’s goalkeeper, Bernd Leno. This early victory boosted team’s confidence.
Just a minute later, Armando Broja doubled the lead. The goal was set up by Cole Palmer, a summer signing from Manchester City, who seized on a Fulham defense mistake to provide the assist. This quick succession of goals left Fulham reeling and Chelsea fully in control.
Mauricio Pochettino, team manager, emphasized the value of building confidence and self-trust in the team. He said It is very important for us to boost our faith and trust. I am so happy for the players, and in the end, we got what we earned. This win gave Pochettino a glimmer of hope after a challenging start to the season and followed Chelsea’s recent success against Brighton in the English League Cup.
Pochettino’s time at Chelsea had not been without its challenges. He was chosen at the end of the previous season with the daunting task of restoring Chelsea to its former glory. While his arrival had initially lifted the club’s spirits after their worst-ever Premier League season, the team’s form had not improved greatly. Chelsea had started Monday’s game languishing in 15th place, with their sole league win against newly promoted Luton and only a couple of victories in the League Cup.
Despite large investments in the transfer market by owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital during the offseason, Chelsea had failed to find their rhythm. However, the match against Fulham showed a renewed sense of purpose.
Chelsea looked poised to secure their first away win of the season after their early goals. In the second half, substitute Ian Maatsen came close to adding a third goal when his shot struck the post. Enzo Fernandez tried to capitalize on the rebound, but his effort was blocked by Leno.
Fulham had their moments, with replacement Sasa Lukic having a chance to pull a goal back in the 77th minute. Unfortunately for Fulham, Lukic’s shot from close range went straight into the hands of Chelsea’s goalie, Robert Sanchez.
Reflecting on the match, Fulham manager Marco Silva acknowledged the value of minimizing mistakes at this level. He added, “It is clear at this level and against these types of teams, we cannot make the mistakes we made. We got the results for mistakes we have made.
Chelsea’s long awaited Premier League win against Fulham marked a turning point in their season. The goals from Mudryk and Broja, along with a solid team performance, gave hope to fans and Mauricio Pochettino alike. It remains to be seen whether this victory will ignite a resurgence for team in the Premier League, but it was certainly a step in the right direction for a club with high aspirations.