Marcos Alonso Lit up the fixture with a trademark sumptuous free kick on his left peg, and he proved to be a constant thorn in the Palace left-hand side. His opener makes him the top goal-scoring defender in the Premier League over the last five years – what a servant he has been to the Pensioners.
Chelsea kicked off their Premier League season with a ruthless 3-0 triumph over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Any fears of a ‘continental hangover’ were dispelled with a performance of monstrous intensity, and one that will send the Blues fans home happy with the three points.
The match was sparked into life after a slow start, with a remarkable free kick dispatched by Marcos Alonso in the 27th minute. Christian Pulisic would extend that advantage in the 40th minute by bundling home a loose Mason Mount delivery.
It was a day to remember for Trevoh Chalobah, making his senior debut at the Bridge and etching himself into the storied history of his club with a rapturous effort in minute 58.
From there on in it became a a procession, as the Eagles failed to threaten and Chelsea used the opportunity to shake off some rust.
The home supporters saw the occasion out with chants of “you’re going down with the Arsenal”, and Chelsea have the opportunity to bring that closer to fruition as they visit the Emirates Stadium next weekend with one Romelu Lukaku in tow for his first start. As excitement builds for that one, here are today’s player ratings…