Sam Allardyce’s West Brom, Saturday, won Chelsea by a relatively comfortable margin of 5-2. The Blues had not conceded a single goal since Thomas Tuchel became Chelsea’s head coach.
The Blues had taken the lead in the first half through Christian Pulisic, but a red card was shown to Thiago Silva, and West Brom took full advantage of their one man advantage.
Matheus Pereira scored twice in first half stoppage time to put West Brom ahead, while Callum Robinson made it 3-1 and Mbaye Diagne made it 4-1.
Mason Mount pulled one back late on; but, West Brom made it five as Robinson scored a second to seal a huge win in their season. Sam Allardyce’s side breathed new life into their battle against relegation as they are now seven points from safety.
The match ended 5-2 in favour of the Baggies, marking a new low for the Blues.
Ironically, West Brom has been browsing for goals all season, however, they became first team to see Chelsea concede under Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking after the match, Tuchel told the BBC: “It is two games, 11 vs 11 and then 11 vs 10. There is no need to concede five goals when you have our quality, that’s for sure but we are all in on that. Myself included.
“We could not adapt to the situation, which is a surprise as we were leading. We are normally confident enough to defend but we were sloppy and kept making big mistakes. We were punished hard and it’s tough to digest.
“I didn’t see the red card, I saw the two big mistakes in our own half before the yellow cards. That is not typical for us, we were rusty. We made easy mistakes and were punished. It was totally our fault.
“I did not see that second half coming. We tried to give a bit of security with a back three but we were never in a flow. We had some chances but we didn’t defend well.”
Ozoemela Chikwas reporting, Obinwannem News