- The Blues were too strong for Crystal Palace as Patrick Viera’s side succumbed to a 3-0 defeat in his first game in charge of the club
- A free-kick from Marcos Alonso as well as goals from Christian Pulisic and Trevor Chalobah were enough to earn the Blues all three points
- Chelsea were without some key players including new signing Romelu Lukaku
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Chelsea kicked off their 2021/22 Premier League campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Straight out of a Super Cup victory over Villareal, the Blues looked good from the start as they subjected Crystal Palace to constant attacks in Patrick Viera’s first game in charge of the Eagles.
In the 27th minute, Marcos Alonso, who is presumably keen to revive his Chelsea career amid exit rumours, fired his side into the lead with a stunning free kick from 22 yards.
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One they gained the lead, Chelsea relaxed a little and played with typical flair and swagger, even in the absence of key names like N’golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.
Christian Pulisic then made it 2-0 after firing in a powerful shot which went in via the underside of the crossbar after the goalkeeper had parried Mason Mount’s cross.
From then, the result was no longer in doubt and Tuchel’s boys went into the lead with a two-goal cushion.
The most remarkable tale of the day was Chelsea’s third goal, which came from academy product Trevoh Chalobah, who fired in a low rocket past the Crystal Palace goalkeeper from outside the ball.
In the build-up to the goal, no one closed down the youngster and he took his chances with a powerful shot which eventually paid off.
Palace improved slightly after the break but the closest they came to scoring was through Jordan Ayew, whose header was their only attempt on target.
Chelsea had numerous other chances to put the game beyond their opponent’s reach but striker Timo Werner’s first touch let him down on several occasions.
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Chelsea’s old boy Romelu Lukaku recently signed for the club for a second stint but was not available to play against Crystal Palace.
But Chelsea did not necessarily need him for their first game as they showed some intent in their first league game of the season.
The Blues kept up early pace with Manchester United, who in the early kickoff, saw off Leeds United 5-1, with Bruno Fernandes bagging a hat trick.