Former wonder-kid from Manchester City, Cole Palmer, emerged as the hero at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea in a thrilling 8-goal encounter that ultimately resulted in a shared point for both teams. This draw marked a significant milestone for the Blues, breaking a streak of losses against Manchester City after their Champions League triumph in 2021.
Palmer, acquired by Chelsea during the summer transfer window from Manchester City, has proven his worth, securing a prominent spot in the first team despite competition from other young talents who fell short of meeting Coach Pochettino’s expectations.
The last time Chelsea found the net against City was in the Champions League final, where Kai Havertz executed a splendid pass from Mount past Ederson, clinching their second prestigious European title in nearly a decade.
In this goal-packed match, two former City players, Raheem Sterling and Akanji, played pivotal roles, with Sterling scoring a fantastic tap-in after a beautiful James cross, and Akanji leveling the score with a header.
Despite City dominating in the second half and mounting pressure, Chelsea managed to secure a point. Thiago Silva’s deflection of Rodri’s shot, sending Sanchez in the wrong direction in the 86th minute, and Ruben Dias overpowering Broja in extra time, granted Chelsea the opportunity to salvage a draw.
Palmer, who has a perfect record of 3/3 as Chelsea’s kick-taker, was once again called upon to shoulder the responsibility. He delivered by chipping the ball past Ederson, concluding the match in a thrilling draw.