Cole Palmer news: What did Raheem Sterling say about Palmer’s injury-time penalty?

There were a lot of talking points but one of the most noticeable places to start was Cole Palmer’s calm finish from the penalty spot in the injury time.

Cole Palmer joined Chelsea in summer of 2023; Credit: Twitter@ChelseaFC
By Karthik Raman | Nov 14, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Chelsea produced a brilliant fightback to salvage a late draw in a thrilling Premier League contest at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. This was labelled as the game of the weekend and it certainly lived up to the expectations. A lot was going on in the match, with plenty of goal-mouth action. The end-to-end thriller finished 4-4 with both sides sharing a deserved point. There was no better way to head into the international break than the one that was witnessed at Stamford Bridge.

There were a lot of talking points but one of the most noticeable places to start was Cole Palmer’s calm finish from the penalty spot in the injury time. The former Manchester City player held his nerve to calmly slot the ball into the back of the net to get a point for his current club Chelsea. He did not let the pressure get to him, as the Stamford Bridge outfit played out a thrilling 4-4 draw against City in the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling on Cole Palmer

After the match, Raheem Sterling, who is also a former Man City player, heaped praise on Palmer for dispatching the spot-kick. “Cole took the penalty really well. Fair play to him, he’s despatched it away and he’s comfortable in those situations. It was a big moment but he kept his head for us when we needed him to come up with the goods. Chelsea and City are two clubs that know success. You look over the past years, both sides have been used to winning trophies and challenging for titles. That’s the level we need to get back to and performances like this one will help us get there, so we need to maintain those levels and keep building” Sterling, quoted on the club’s website, said after the match.

Shifting the attention back to the game, Sterling believed his side could have gotten more from the match but, in the end, he was happy with the point. “We’ve played against one of the best, if not the best, teams from the past seven or eight years and we’ve had a right go at them. It’s a game that I think we could have got more from because we played with such belief and intensity but in the end, it’s certainly a good point for us. It’s been a good week for us [beating Tottenham and drawing with Man City]. We’ve said for a while now, it’s been stepping stones all season for us.”

He added: “Little things we’ve been working on we’re starting to build on now and you can see the belief in the squad, as we’ve just gone toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the world. It was important we stood up to City because they’re a team if you sit off them and show them too much respect, they can just easily pick you off and punish you. We stood up to them, we were aggressive in our pressing and all the boys showed a real hunger and intensity. We showed real character and I think we were rewarded in the end.”

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