Chilwell shines on first league start as Chelsea win big

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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.

Summer signing Ben Chilwell scored one and assisted another on his first Premier League start since his £45m move from Leicester City as Chelsea returned to winning ways against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Having made his first appearance on Tuesday as Frank Lampard’s side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Tottenham, Chilwell marked his 100th Premier League appearance 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 stepped up to convert two penalties in the space of four minutes to seal victory.

Manager Lampard also handed a league debut to £22m goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as the hosts, led in defence by fellow summer addition Thiago Silva, registered a first clean sheet of the season.

The Blues struggled to break down a typically solid Palace defence in an uneventful first half, as Timo Werner shot straight at Vicente Guaita and both Jorginho and Abraham failed to hit the target from Chilwell corners.

Visitors Palace failed to muster a shot on target in a toothless display and never looked likely to respond as Chelsea’s quality told after the interval.

Chelsea climb in to the top four before the rest of the weekend’s action, while defeat leaves Crystal Palace in eighth.

More to follow.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number15Player nameZouma

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  9. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  10. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  11. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

  1. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  2. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  4. Squad number12Player nameSakho

  5. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  7. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  8. Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy

  9. Squad number25Player nameEze

  10. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  11. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  1. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  2. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

Line-ups

Chelsea

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

Substitutes

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

Crystal Palace

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

Substitutes

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

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