Blue Mondays: We’ve Won it All

Chelsea return back to the Premier League next Saturday after winning the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Written by ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

Al-Hilal – Semi Final:

Chelsea progressed to their second ever Club World Cup Final after beating Al Hilal 1-0 on Wednesday evening. It was anything but plain sailing as Thomas Tuchel was forced to watch the game from the UK due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Striker Romelu Lukaku got the winner for the Blues with a much-needed goal for the Belgian, but Chelsea failed to add to this and relied on Kepa Arrizabalaga to keep them ahead.

After holding onto their lead, Chelsea marched on to the Saturday evening’s final, where they once again found themselves up against Brazilian opposition.

(credit | Channel 4 Sport).

Palmeiras – Final:

Chelsea took on Palmeiras, looking to become just the fifth team to win every major honour.

This game also meant a great deal to the Brazilians who have never won the tournament, which is very well respected in outside of Europe.

As for the game, it was a tense and frustrating game until Callum Hudson-Odoi fired a pinpoint cross onto the head of Romelu Lukaku in the 54th minute. With Thomas Tuchel in the dugout, Chelsea didn’t push on and 10 minutes later were punished after Thiago Silva was adjudged to have handled in the box. The returning Édouard Mendy was sent the wrong way by Raphael Veiga, who made the game 1-1.

The European Champions pushed on in extra time but had to wait until the 117th minute when VAR was brought back into play. This time the decision came in Chelsea’s favour as another penalty was controversially given for handball.

With no Jorghino on the field, the responsibility was given to Kai Havertz and the 'silky German' slotted home.

The final few minutes were seen out with Luan being sent off for the Brazilians, following consecutive yellow cards in a matter of minutes. As the final whistle was blown, Chelsea were officially crowned as the Champions of The World.

(credit | Channel 4 Sport).

Eagles Away:

Thomas Tuchel’s side return to domestic action on Saturday in another London derby, as Chelsea return from Abu Dhabi to travel to Selhurst Park.

This will be the 50th league meeting between the two sides, with Chelsea having a solid record which features just eight defeats.

This game last year saw Chelsea defeat the Eagles 4-1 in April with four different scorers. It goes without saying that the travelling away supporter would love to see something similar this year.


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