In an unexpected turn of events, Chelsea were handed a 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, marking the visitors’ first victory at the venue since January 1995. Anthony Elanga, a recent addition to the Nottingham Forest squad from Manchester United, proved to be the difference between the two sides, scoring the match’s solitary goal shortly into the second half.
Under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea began the contest aiming for a third consecutive win. Despite an energetic start, the Blues failed to capitalise on their chances. Pochettino introduced new signing Cole Palmer in an attempt to swing the match in Chelsea’s favour, but to no avail. Both Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling had opportunities to level the score for Chelsea, but neither could find the net.
Elanga, substituted into the Nottingham Forest line-up due to an injury to Danilo, made his mark just three minutes into the second half. After a mistake from Chelsea’s Moises Caicedo, he capitalised on a well-timed pass from Taiwo Awoniyi to slot the ball home. This goal was not only Elanga’s first for Nottingham Forest, but also ended his personal goal drought that had lasted since February 2022.
While Chelsea controlled much of the game, they failed to contain Nottingham Forest effectively, allowing in-form striker Awoniyi a chance to double the visitors’ lead before half-time. However, he couldn’t find the net, thus ending his seven-match Premier League goal streak. Chelsea’s defensive vulnerabilities were further exposed when Willy Boly made a crucial block to prevent a certain goal.
The result has significant ramifications for both teams. Chelsea find themselves sliding down to 11th place in the Premier League after their second loss of the campaign. In contrast, the win has propelled Nottingham Forest to a commendable ninth position in the league table. For Pochettino and his Chelsea side, it’s certainly back to the drawing board as they look to recover from this startling setback.
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