The perfect start to the season for The Blues from the West London continues as they have secured a dominating 4-1 victory over the struggling Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
As expected, the Chelsea man-in-charge Maurizio Sarri promoted the men in form Olivier Giroud and Pedro Rodriguez into the starting line-up for Alvaro Morata and the Brazilian sensation Willian. But the underperforming David Luiz was retained in the starting XI. On the other hand, the Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock lined up an unchanged XI from the previous match.
Chelsea started the game with sheer possession dominating the away side. But in the 16th minute of the game, Cardiff took the lead against the flow of the game as the defender Souleymane Bamba scored out of nowhere. But who knew that after this shocking start to the game, the show from the Belgian genius Eden Hazard was still in the queue?
In the 37th and 44th minute, the Chelsea superstar scored a brace to let his side take the lead in the halftime. Notably, for both the goals, the creator was the Frenchman Olivier Giroud’s sheer touches. In the 80th minute, the Belgian completed his first hat-trick for the season from the penalty. The penalty was awarded when Willian, Pedro’s replacement in the second half, was brought down rashly inside the Cardiff box by their scorer Bamba.
Within three minutes, Chelsea put the last nail in the coffin as the winger Willian scored an absolute stunner at the right corner of the post from outside the box. With this scoreline, Chelsea have overtaken Liverpool at the top of the table by goal difference. On the other hand, Cardiff City’s struggle continues as they retained at the 16th place with only two points from their first five fixtures.
Chelsea vs. Cardiff City Team News:
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic (50′); Pedro Rodrigiuez (68′), Eden Hazard (84′), Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea Subs: Wilfredo Caballero, Andreas Christensen, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta (84′), Ross Barkley (50′), Willian (68′), Alvaro Morata.
Cardiff City (4-4-1-1): Neil Etheridge; Bruno Ecuele Manga, Sean Morrison, Souleymane Bamba, Joseph Bennett; Victor Camarasa, Harry Arter (46′), Joe Ralls, Junior Hoilet; Bobby Reid (71′); Danny Ward (77′).
Cardiff City Subs: Brian Murphy, Callum Paterson (71′), Gregory Cunningham, Jazz Richards (46′), Lee Peltier, Garry Madine (77′), Kenneth Zohore.
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