In a Premier League clash at Selhurst Park, Chelsea staged a remarkable comeback against Crystal Palace, overcoming a lackluster first-half display to secure a 3-1 victory on Monday Night Football. The win propelled Chelsea back into the top half of the Premier League table.
The first half saw Chelsea struggling to create opportunities, with Crystal Palace taking the lead through Jefferson Lerma’s stunning long-range strike. Despite dominating possession, Chelsea looked uninspired in the final third.
However, the second half showcased a transformed Chelsea side, led by Conor Gallagher’s double. Gallagher equalized just 90 seconds after the restart, capitalizing on a cross from Malo Gusto. The west London club continued to dominate, and in the 90th minute, Gallagher netted his second goal from a cross by Cole Palmer. World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez added the finishing touch with a late third goal.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his satisfaction with the second-half performance, emphasizing the need for consistency. Pochettino credited Gallagher’s impact on the team and highlighted the upcoming challenge against Manchester City.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson acknowledged the late goal as a game-changer and expressed disappointment, emphasizing the team’s challenging period. Despite the loss, Hodgson believes in the potential of the players to secure their position in the league.
The victory extended Chelsea’s remarkable record against Crystal Palace to 14 consecutive wins, dating back to March 2018. Chelsea now sits in 10th place in the Premier League, seven points away from a possible European spot.
Gallagher, who played on loan at Palace, played a pivotal role in the win, earning praise from Pochettino. The young midfielder’s performance drew comparisons to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
The win adds momentum to Chelsea’s recent successes, following an impressive performance against Aston Villa. Pochettino emphasized the importance of consistency, and Gallagher echoed the sentiment, stressing the team’s commitment to maintaining their current form.