West Bromwich Albion stunned 10-man Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge to hand Thomas Tuchel his first Premier League defeat.
West Bromwich Albion stunned 10-man Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge in an exciting encounter. Thomas Tuchel was subjected to his first Premier League defeat after Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson scored twice. The shock home defeat for Chelsea against their relegation-threatened opponents also saw Tuchel’s club-record 14-game unbeaten start come to an end. The Premier League giants took an early lead in the 27th minute. Christian Pulisic converted a rebound from Marcos Alonso’s free-kick to deliver a fine start. However, Chelsea were in for a shock just 2 minutes later as Thiago Silva walked back, after being sent off.
West Brom took full advantage of this, with Pereira smashing a couple of goals in the first-half stoppage time. The opening goal saw Chelsea concede for the first time under Tuchel at home.
The visitors did not allow Chelsea any opportunity to make a comeback, following another quick-fire double by Callum Robinson and Mbaye Diagne. The hosts got a second goal under their belt following a fine goal from half-time substitute Mason Mount. However, Pereira played in Robinson in stoppage time to seal a fourth win this season, capping off an excellent win.
Chelsea: Seven straight clean sheets at home in all competitions.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 3, 2021
Chelsea continue to remain in contention for a Champions League berth despite this defeat. However, they might well rue this loss at the end of the season, with West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur providing strong competition. West Brom have jumped to the 19th position on the league standings with 21 points. This leaves them seven points off safety.
Tuchel took responsibility for the defeat, expressing his disappointment following the loss.
“You have to accept that you will never know what would have happened if you choose your team in a different way. It is my responsibility clearly and like my players with this loss, I am very disappointed because we hate to lose,” he said as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.
An honest assessment from the boss after today’s defeat.#CHEWBA
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 3, 2021
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce was thrilled to see his side “demolish” Chelsea.
“We’ve just demolished Chelsea. Demolished them. The quality of our football deserves a huge amount of credit,” stated the English manager as quoted by West Brom’s official website.