Chelsea secure an emphatic 4-1 win over Sheffield United to finish third in the Premier League table


At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea came from behind to secure an emphatic 4-1 win over Sheffield United to finish third in the Premier League table.

As David McGoldrick flicked the Blades into a shock lead in the ninth minute, the hosts were caught napping early on, meaning three of McGoldrick’s four Premier League goals have now come against Chelsea.

Chelsea’s response, however, was just what Frank Lampard would have required, with Tammy Abraham sweeping home his first Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge in 302 days to equalize in the 23rd minute, before Ben Chilwell arrived at the far post 11 minutes later to complete the turnaround.

Chelsea stepped it up a notch late, with Thiago Silva heading his first goal in English football into the net in the 77th minute before Timo Werner completed a punishing win for the Chelsea side, who in their last four games have now scored fourteen goals.

It came as a shock when McGoldrick cleverly back-heel flicked the Blades, who had been blunt in front of goal so far this season, into an early lead, with summer signing Edouard Mendy yet to concede a Premier League goal after joining from Rennes.

But Chelsea had a player in Hakim Ziyech, capable of turning the momentum in their favor. First of all, before the Croatian squared for Abraham to scuff the Chelsea level, he had a hand in playing Mateo Kovacic down the right. Then, for Chilwell, who reached the far post to bundle home his second goal for Chelsea in just his 10th appearance, the cross was even better.

Mendy remained completely untroubled after the break, although the scoreline appeared a tight one until the latter stages, with Thiago flicking another inch-perfect Ziyech cross into the net to provide additional comfort until Werner doubly ensured the Blades of a seventh loss out of eight, who are stuck on a single point to the foot of the table.

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