Author: John Mawuli Atidigah
An expulsion for a double yellow for Thiago Silva at half an hour, with Chelsea leading the way, precipitated the defeat of the ‘Blues’, who ended up thrashed by West Bromwich Albion (2-5).
The first defeat of the Thomas Tuchel era came against the penultimate team of the Premier League and in a match that seemed controlled after the opening goal of Christian Pulisic, who caught the rebound in a foul by Marcos Alonso that hit the crossbar.
But a minute later, Thiago Silva, who reappeared two months later, received the second yellow for a late tackle on the edge of the area and was sent off. Much to the misfortune of Chelsea, who had only conceded two goals since Tuchel arrived in January, West Brom rallied in injury time for the first half.
Matheus Pereira made a double, first with a Vaseline on Edouard Mendy, and then deceiving with a threat to three Chelsea defenders and defining with his left foot to the short post.
Despite being with one less, Chelsea still believed in getting something out of this game, but hopes were dashed by Callum Robinson, with an inside volley goal, and Mbaye Digne, finishing a counterattack.
With 20 minutes remaining, Chelsea re-engaged with a goal from Mason Mount, taking advantage of the generosity of Timo Werner in front of the goalkeeper, but the comeback attempt did not go a long way and in the discount Robinson completed the hand by biting the ball in front of Mendy .
Just before taking on Porto in the Champions League, Chelsea jeopardizes fourth place in the Premier League and remains just two points above West Ham United and three points above Tottenham Hotspur. West Bromwich, after this win, believe a little more in salvation and are seven points behind it.