Cole Palmer continues to prove himself reliable and belonging at this level as he inspires Chelsea to a 3-2 victory at Luton.
A Cole Palmer-powered performance helped Chelsea open a 3-0 lead, but a late hurrah from Luton saw them claw back two goals, but the initial deficit proved too great as Chelsea escaped with three points.
It was smooth sailing for the visitors for two-thirds of the game, and the height of their performance in that period ensured the contrasting dip towards the end of the game was benign.
16:49 - 30.12.2023
‘We played better without him’ — Chelsea fans blast Enzo Fernandez over his worst performance against Luton Town
Enzo Fernandez' time at Chelsea could be over sooner than expected, as the Argentine midfielder appears to have fallen out of favour with the Blues' fans
16:24 - 30.12.2023
Noni Madueke's impressive performance against Luton Town has sparked discussions about his potential to consistently start for Chelsea, possibly ahead of established stars like Raheem Sterling.
How it happened
Chelsea started in inspired form and scored early as a result when Cole Palmer pounced on a faulty pass at the edge of the box before firing with the outside of his left foot into the bottom right corner of the goal.
In the 37th minute, Noni Madueke made it two with a brilliant set of actions, justifying his start over Raheem Sterling. The England U-21 international jockeyed his defender to open shooting space on his weak foot and let fly.
Luton improved in the second-half, but Chelsea made it three thanks to a brilliant goal from Palmer in the 70th minute.
The goal further intensified Luton’s efforts and they thought they pulled one back five minutes after Palmer scored, but VAR ruled out the goal for offside. However, they would not be denied three minutes later, as Ross Barkley fired past Guglielmo Vicario.
Elijah Adebayo scored in the 87th minute, and although Luton pushed to complete the comeback, Chelsea held on to three points.
23:26 - 29.12.2023
Nigerian fans advise Osimhen to steer clear of Chelsea when making his next career move.
15:02 - 29.12.2023
Victor Osimhen is strongly linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea believed to be front-runners for his signature.
20:57 - 28.12.2023
Chelsea's current situation focuses on players who should be starting and those who might be better suited on the bench.
11:47 - 28.12.2023
Chelsea's recent victory over Crystal Palace, which ended in a thrilling 2-1, was marked by both high spirits and concerns. The match saw the long-awaited debut of Romeo Lavia, the £58 million summer signing from Southampton.
11:36 - 28.12.2023
As Chelsea navigates through a period of transition under Mauricio Pochettino, the Stamford Bridge faithful find themselves in a familiar state of anticipation and concern.
11:28 - 28.12.2023
Christopher Nkunku's move to Chelsea is generating considerable excitement among fans and analysts alike, especially considering the team's recent struggles in front of goal.
08:19 - 28.12.2023
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino clarified that Noni Madueke was not supposed to take the winning penalty as the Blues defeated Crustal Palace 2-1.
22:35 - 27.12.2023
Late Madueke penalty sends Chelsea into the top half of the Premier League table after Crystal Palace win
Chelsea survived a scare at Stamford Bridge as they overcame a stubborn Crystal Palace team in the London Derby thanks to English winger Noni Madueke