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Chelsea Matchwinner Sends Clear Message to Pochettino: Noni Madueke Must Start

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Chelsea Matchwinner Sends Clear Message to Pochettino: Noni Madueke Must Start
Noni Madueke must feature as the decisive player, sending a clear message to Mauricio Pochettino with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge that provided a lifeline when the atmosphere seemed on the verge of turning toxic.

Chelsea struggled to secure victory in a chaotic London derby against Crystal Palace, displaying just enough resilience to survive a subpar second half and securing a much-needed 2-1 win with a late penalty from Noni Madueke.

While the defence could have been more robust, Moises Caicedo seemed unfit, and Mykhailo Mudryk, who performed well, had to leave the field with an ankle injury.

Mauricio Pochettino expressed both relief and jubilation when celebrating the victory, as Chelsea’s youngest-ever starting Premier League XI lived to fight another day.

Noni Madueke, previously linked with a January move, emerged as the matchwinner at Stamford Bridge.

His energetic dribbling and fighting spirit lifted the crowd, resulting in a penalty.
Madueke was brought down by Eberechi Eze in the box, and although VAR confirmed the penalty, there was a brief delay.

Despite Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja volunteering, Madueke insisted on taking the penalty and calmly dispatched it in the 89th minute. His flawless 20-minute performance on the pitch demands a starting role in the upcoming match against Luton.

Christopher Nkunku made his first start and acted as a catalyst, enhancing the overall performance in a vibrant first half for Chelsea. Despite being only half-fit, the French international connected play superbly, adding composure to Chelsea’s attack.

While the first half was enticing, Nkunku understandably fatigued in the second half, and his lack of sharpness in a one-on-one situation cost Chelsea a chance to double their lead.

His performance has done little to diminish the expectations surrounding him, as his quality becomes evident whenever he is in possession.

In the second half, Chelsea’s defense experienced significant challenges, with Levi Colwill, Axel Disasi, and Benoit Badiashile all facing difficulties.

Colwill struggled against star winger Michael Olise, who scored the equalizer, with all three defenders guilty of poor communication. Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta dominated Disasi and Badiashile, although Malo Gusto performed well.

In response to the defensive struggles, Mauricio Pochettino seemingly had no choice but to bring on Thiago Silva. Despite playing two games in quick succession and lacking rest, the 39-year-old was summoned to steady the ship.

Additionally, Silva could have contributed two assists, creating significant chances for Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja after coming on.

Chelsea Matchwinner Sends Clear Message to Pochettino: Noni Madueke Must Start

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