The noise around Stamford Bridge at the 53′ was truly deafening. Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell had found Wesley Fofana on a cross earlier in the game. The connection was there. As the ball smashed into the back of the net, the entire west London club sent out a huge sigh of relief.
After battling through a brutal stretch of fixtures, Chelsea finally pieced together a match that ended in three points. With Aston Villa defeating Crystal Palace at home, CFC nearly found itself in the bottom half of the table if it was not for the leaping header of the young French center back.
Without Thiago Silva, the Graham Potter opted for a back-three which included three talented defenders. Ahead of a vital matchup against a red-hot Dortmund side at the Bridge on Tuesday night, Potter’s men desperately needed some sort of momentum. CFC enacts revenge against the West Yorkshire side after one of the most embarrassing defeats of the season back in August at Elland Road.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 4, 2023
There was an abundance of nervy moments throughout the 90 minutes, but for the Blues, the result was the only thing that mattered. Without two of CFC’s most important players, this was a win that showed quite a lot of character from a side that was regressing at an absurd rate.
After all this club has gone through this season, this was a day to remember. It takes a lot mentally to come up with a win for the first time having not known the feeling since the middle of January. The train moves on. The work does not stop. This has to be something that catapults Potter’s men into a positive run of results in the month of March.