Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday, defeating Sheffield United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts generated nothing in a quiet first half against a well-organized defence, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with a plenty to do after the break. With Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer shifting roles, the Blues came out considerably stronger in the second half. That swap paid off quickly, as Sterling beat his man before assisting Palmer for the first goal in the 54th minute.
Chelsea extended their advantage on the hour mark when Nicolas Jackson tapped in as Palmer, the Blues’ standout player on the day, got involved again to collect the assist.
Sheffield United didn’t respond well as the hosts dominated the rest of the game to secure back-to-back league wins at Stamford Bridge for the first time this season.
Chelsea ultimately got it right after making the forward move at halftime, while the midfield pairing of Moisés Caicedo and Conor Gallagher, who were both strong in their fights throughout the game, also showed promise. Pochettino may find it tough to reintroduce midfielder Enzo Fernández after their performance.
Chelsea’s first-half performance was lacklustre, and they concluded the first 45 minutes with less anticipated goals (xG) than the visitors, who have only scored 12 league goals all season.