Chelsea 3 – 0 C Palace

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Chelsea 3 – 0 C Palace

Premier League debutant Trevoh Chalobah’s 25-yard strike was the icing on the cake as Chelsea stormed to a 3-0 opening-day win over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.

The European champions dominated from the first whistle to the last and got their campaign up and running when Marcos Alonso curled in a superb free-kick just before the half hour.

With Palace failing to register a single shot before the break, Chelsea cemented their lead with five minutes of the half remaining through Christian Pulisic, who scored a fifth in five games against the Eagles from a Vicente Guaita save.

The rout was complete just before the hour when Chalobah, driving forward into space, unleashed a powerful low drive which Guaita could only turn onto the post and in to mark a perfect Premier League debut for the 22-year-old.

Things were less rosy for Vieira, whose side took 62 minutes to register their one and only shot on target and who offered little sign of a more progressive future under their new manager.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Chelsea travel to Arsenal live on Sky Sports Premier League as part of Super Sunday on August 22 from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30pm.

Crystal Palace’s first home game of the season is another London derby against Premier League new boys Brentford on August 21; Kick-off at 3pm.

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