Chelsea 0- Huddersfield 1 (50th minute, Laurent Depoitre)
Chelsea 1- Huddersfield 1 (62nd minute, Marcos Alonso)
Former Premier League Champions Chelsea were held to a 1 all draw at Stamford Bridge seemingly dooming them to finish outside the top 4 with the Terriers securing their Premier League Status next season.
From a Chelsea standpoint, the team sheet was damn near baffling. In a must-win Game for the blues, Conte fielded Pedro over Hazard, Morata over the in-form Olivier Giroud and quite surprisingly 2nd choice keeper Willy Cabellero over Thibault Courtois. It was almost if Conte was hanging a “sack me” sign around his neck.
Huddersfield continued their impressive counter-attacking and resolute defence that was available to see in glimpses at Manchester City holding the Champions to a 0-0 draw with a largely eventless first half.
In the first half Chelsea absolutely peppered Huddersfield’s goal with strikes from Alonso, Willian and Morata all calmly saved by the largely impressive figure of on-loan Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl.
Yet, in one of the more surprising decisions referee Lee Mason awarded a corner to the home team in the last few seconds of injury time in the first half. Then just as Willian was set to take the corner the referee blew the whistle ending the half sparking Chelsea players to surround the referee in both anger and confusion with stewards needed to restrain the Chelsea stars.
The night only got worse for the Blues with 2nd choice keeper Willy Cabellero coming out of his box clashing in the air with Huddersfield forward, Laurent Depoitre who after quickly getting to his feet slotted the ball calmly putting the Terriers ahead.
Despite the largely impressive defensive showing from Wagner’s men centre-back Jørgensen, or more commonly known as Zanka will want to forget his 62nd-minute involvement, the Danish defender in an attempt to clear the ball thundered it right against the head of Chelsea’s Spaniard Marcos Alonso who almost unknowingly put the Blues back in the clash.
Huddersfield stood firm and caused Chelsea havoc on the Counter-attack. Goalscorer, Depoitre who isn’t known for his immense pace caused both Rudiger and Christensen issues with one Chelsea fan calling the two defenders “the Chucklebrothers.”
The Terriers fans celebrated every throw in like a goal, every pass as 3 points and every yard covered like a piece of silverware. In truth, they were fantastic, savage and at times quite primal cooking up a mean atmosphere. As an opposing fan you just love to hate them, which shows how great an away support the Terriers had behind them.
With a point guaranteeing them Premier League Survival the Huddersfield away end went into ecstasy at the full-time whistle’s end, for the Chelsea fans in attendance you could feel the sense of deflation oozing out both players and supporters alike.
Despite middleweight boxer George Groves being present at Stamford Bridge Chelsea just couldn’t find that knockout punch, in which the Blues will now regret. Chelsea will now have to hope Brighton beat Liverpool in order to even have a hope of top 4 qualification.