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Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace: Ben Chilwell scores on first Premier League start since move

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Ben Chilwell scores to put Chelsea ahead against Crystal Palace
Ben Chilwell is just the third player to score and assist a goal on their Premier League debut for Chelsea, after Deco in 2008 and Alvaro Morata in 2017.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard called for patience as summer signing Ben Chilwell inspired his new-look side to victory over Crystal Palace, on his first Premier League start since a £45m move from Leicester City.

Having made his first appearance in Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat on penalties by Tottenham, Chilwell marked his 100th Premier League game by firing in at the back post following Mamadou Sakho's failed clearance.

Chilwell, 23, then delivered an excellent cross from the left to allow Kurt Zouma to head in a second after 66 minutes, before Jorginho converted two penalties in the space of four minutes to seal victory.

Lampard also handed a league debut to £22m goalkeeper Edouard Mendy - his latest recruit in a summer spending spree now beyond £220m in response to last year's transfer ban.

"There is a lot of reactionary stuff about us because of expectation," the Chelsea boss told BBC Sport.

"I do think people have to remain calm - that's how I have to be, I can't get caught up in it. It's my job not to be reactionary and not get too upset or down.

"We got a lot of credit for coming fourth [last season] and we are not going to go from there to 100 instantly. We are a work in progress but I am up for that work and so are the players."

In a comfortable first Premier League game, Senegal international Mendy kept Chelsea's first clean sheet of the season as a lacklustre Palace failed to muster a shot on target.

There was a rare moment of discontent among the hosts' ranks as Tammy Abraham, having won his side's first penalty, felt aggrieved at being denied the opportunity to take the second by captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who shepherded him away from Jorginho.

On Abraham's dispute with Jorginho, Lampard added: "I don't mind Tammy's exuberance but that has been dealt with by Azpilicueta and then me in the dressing room. I don't mind a bit of conflict in the moment but it has been dealt with and won't happen again."

New-look Chelsea begin to take shape

Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace: Frank Lampard says his side are still a work in progress

Following their first starts for the club on Tuesday, Mendy and Chilwell's league debuts were among six changes made by Lampard to the side which clawed back a point in a 3-3 draw with promoted West Brom last weekend.

The Blues - who narrowly avoided back-to-back defeats on that occasion courtesy of Abraham's late equaliser - dominated possession on Saturday but were initially frustrated in their attempts to unlock a Palace side content to sit back for much of the first half.

It was a rare error in the Eagles defence which allowed Chilwell to fire his new side ahead, as Sakho's attempted headed clearance dropped perfectly for the England international.

With Palace forced to pursue an equaliser, Chelsea's youthful side began to flow - with the free-to-roam Kai Havertz in particular a constant headache for the Eagles defence as he stretched the back-line with clever movement off the ball.

Chilwell had delivered delightful crosses from the left throughout and Zouma eventually took advantage to grant the left-back the assist his efforts deserved.

Abraham had gone close to adding a third from Callum Hudson-Odoi's cross before winning a penalty from Tyrick Mitchell shortly after, as Jorginho put the result beyond doubt with a cool spot-kick after 78 minutes.

And, after Havertz was felled by Sakho, the Italy international made no mistake with his second to lessen the chance of any ill-feeling from his unhappy team-mate.

Hodgson's best-laid plans come unstuck

Palace 'gifted' Chelsea goals - Hodgson

Palace boss Roy Hodgson named an unchanged line-up from defeat at Everton last weekend, when a penalty decision described as "nonsense" by the 73-year-old ended the Eagles' winning start to the new campaign.

Fortunately, there were no controversial handball decisions against his side at Stamford Bridge - where Hodgson could have no complaints about the two penalties conceded by his side as both Mitchell and Sakho were drawn into fouls.

The visitors successfully nullified Chelsea's attack until Chilwell pounced in the 50th minute but, with a limited threat of their own, they never looked remotely like forcing a way back.

Wilfried Zaha, who looks set for another campaign as a Palace player as the summer transfer window draws to a close, and strike partner Jordan Ayew, were starved of chances as their side spent long spells without the ball.

Hodgson made it clear during Friday's news conference that the club will not accept any late bids for star player Zaha, already just one goal shy of last year's four-goal league tally. He will require a much improved service to eclipse that in the weeks ahead.

On defeat, Hodgson said: "We were our own worst enemy today with the two penalties. The only one you could say [was a good goal] was the Zouma header, from a looping cross, but even there you would hope your centre-backs could deal with it.

"In the end we find ourselves on the end of a heavy beating. As a team we were nowhere near as good as we need to be to come to Chelsea and cause them problems."

Chelsea's London derby joy - the stats

  • None of the last 19 Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Crystal Palace have finished level, while Chelsea have won six consecutive league games against Crystal Palace for the first time.
  • The Blues have won more Premier League London derbies than any other side (133) and have lost just one of their last 11 of those fixtures at home.
  • Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have lost nine of their last 12 Premier League matches.
  • Since the start of last season, the Eagles have failed to score in the first half in 30 different league games - more than any other Premier League side over that period.
  • Jorginho became the second player to score two penalties in a Premier League game after manager Lampard did so for Chelsea against Aston Villa in March 2010.

What's next?

Following the international break, Chelsea host Southampton on Saturday, 17 October (15:00 BST) and Crystal Palace face Brighton a day later (14:00 BST).

Player Rater

Player of the match

ChilwellBen Chilwell

with an average of 8.00


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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 64mins
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 15Zouma
  • 21Chilwell
  • 7KantéBooked at 70minsSubstituted forKovacicat 83'minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forPulisicat 83'minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 11Werner
  • 9Abraham


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Tomori
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 19Mount
  • 24James

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 12Sakho
  • 27Mitchell
  • 10Townsend
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forRiedewaldat 72'minutes
  • 22McCarthySubstituted forMilivojevicat 67'minutes
  • 25Eze
  • 11Zaha
  • 9J Ayew


  • 4Milivojevic
  • 6Dann
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 20Benteke
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Chelsea 4, Crystal Palace 0.

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    Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Crystal Palace 0.

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    Foul by Christian Pulisic (Chelsea).

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    Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

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    Kai Havertz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

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    Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

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    Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

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    Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Offside, Chelsea. Timo Werner tries a through ball, but Kai Havertz is caught offside.

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    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Christian Pulisic replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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    Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces N'Golo Kanté because of an injury.

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    Goal! Chelsea 4, Crystal Palace 0. Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

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    Penalty Chelsea. Kai Havertz draws a foul in the penalty area.

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    Penalty conceded by Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) after a foul in the penalty area.

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Luka Milivojevic.

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    Kai Havertz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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