Thomas Tuchel has claimed that he and his Chelsea side will look for rapid improvements after the Blues were defeated for the first time under his leadership by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. The Baggies hit five to come back from a 1-0 deficit, sealing a famous win and a valuable three points in their fight for Premier League survival, with Chelsea’s downfall arriving after Thiago Silva was sent off for a second bookable offence inside the opening 30 minutes.
Chelsea took an early lead through Christian Pulisic who bundled home the rebound from Marcos Alonso’s free-kick, before Silva was dismissed after receiving his second yellow card for a foul on the edge of the area.
The hosts then conceded two quick-fire goals in first-half stoppage time courtesy of Matheus Pereira to hand West Brom a half-time advantage.
Sam Allardyce’s side continued to trouble Chelsea’s usually watertight defence throughout the second half, with Callum Robinson and Mbaye Diagne firing in to stretch their lead, before Mason Mount scored with 19 minutes remaining to give the Blues hope of snatching a point.
However, the result was put beyond all doubt when Robinson chipped Edouard Mendy in the dying seconds for his second goal of the match and West Brom’s fifth.
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