Chelsea boost European hopes with win at Brighton despite Reece James’ red

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Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino is on to something after all? A fourth successive victory thanks to Cole Palmer’s 27th goal of the season and another from the substitute Christopher Nkunku was the latest indication that Chelsea are gathering pace on the road to recovery despite a mindless late red card for the captain Reece James.

Pochettino’s side now find themselves within touching distance of securing some kind of European football for next season, with there even being a possibility of beating Tottenham to fifth spot if they can claim victory in their final match of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday. It has been a remarkable turnaround since the record 5-0 thrashing at Arsenal a few weeks ago, with Palmer and Nkunku – who celebrated his goal on only his 11th league appearance after joining for £52m last summer by blowing up a blue balloon – giving a tantalising glimpse of what this team might someday be capable of.

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Written by Ed Aarons at the Amex Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/may/15/brighton-chelsea-premier-league-match-report under the title “Chelsea boost European hopes with win at Brighton despite Reece James’ red”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.