Let’s take a look at the Player Ratings from the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start for Chelsea ended in a spectacular 5-2 defeat against 19th-placed West Brom in the Premier League.
A run of 12 hours without conceding a single goal ended in humiliating fashion as West Brom, who had the Premier League’s second-worst offensive record prior to Saturday, smashed five goals past the stunned hosts at Stamford Bridge.
Christian Pulisic scores his first goal under Thomas Tuchel ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/TFYYfdKFrO
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Despite an underwhelming start, Christian Pulisic scored on the rebound from Marcos Alonso’s free-kick. 1-0 up, and not even half an hour into the game, Chelsea seemed set for another customary home win.
Or so it seemed…
A shock second yellow card for veteran defender Thiago Silva turned the game on its head. Chelsea were down to 10-men, instigating a shock comeback as Matheus Pereira scored twice just before the break to hand West Brom the lead.
Matheus Pereira has been directly involved in 10 league goals this season:
👕 26 appearances
⚽️ 7 goals
🅰️ 3 assists
A quickfire brace to put his side ahead before the break. 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/etuaP3rf5z
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With his clean sheet run over, Tuchel called on Mason Mount for Pulisic in a desperate attempt to protect his unbeaten start.
But the German got a cruel dose of the Premier League’s unpredictable nature instead as three goals popped up in eight second-half minutes to leave him on the verge of a first defeat in England.
Callum Robinson struck first by smashing in a volley past the hour-mark to hand West Brom a 3-1 lead. Mbaye Diagne added insult to injury by adding a fourth goal for the Baggies in the 68th-minute, leaving the visitors with a three-goal advantage in London.
Some selfless play from Timo Werner allowed Mount to get a goal back three minutes later, but it was too little too late.
Robinson then sealed Chelsea’s fate by scoring his second of the match to seal West Brom a spectacular 5-2 victory.
Chelsea: Mendy (4); Azpilicueta (5), Silva (2), Zouma (5); James (7), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (6), Alonso (6); Ziyech (6), Pulisic (7); Werner (7).
Bench: Mount (7), Christensen (6), Havertz (5).
West Brom: Johnstone (8); Furlong (7), O’Shea (6), Bartley (7), Ajayi (8), Townsend (6); Phillips (6), Yokuslu (8), Maitland-Niles (7), Pereira (10); Diagne (8).
Bench: Robinson (9), Ivanovic (6), Livermore (6).