David McGoldrick gave the Blades the lead in the ninth minute with a deft flick from close range. Chelsea came from behind to beat Sheffield United comfortably at Stamford Bridge, leaving the visitors bottom of the Premier League on another frustrating evening for Chris Wilder’s side.
But Tammy Abraham‘s scuffed half-volley bounced past Aaron Ramsdale for Chelsea’s equaliser, before Ben Chilwell touched in Hakim Ziyech’s cross at the back post.
Ziyech turned provider again after the break when Thiago Silva headed in his free-kick at the near post, before Timo Werner added a fourth.
The result leaves Sheffield United with one point from their opening eight matches, while Chelsea move up to third, a point behind leaders Southampton.
Sheff Utd’s rotten form continues
Sheffield United started the day propping up the Premier League table following Burnley’s draw at Brighton on Friday and they will not have a chance to move off the bottom for another 15 days.
It has been a disappointing start for the Blades and any hopes of turning things around at Stamford Bridge seemed to evaporate before half-time.
McGoldrick’s delightful flick gave them a surprising lead – it was the first goal Chelsea had conceded in 459 minutes – but it prompted the visitors to drop deeper off the ball rather than play on the front foot.
The Blues took advantage, exploiting their opponents’ vulnerability and testing goalkeeper Ramsdale with constant deliveries into the box. Ramsdale himself had a few nervous moments – the hesitation for Chilwell’s goal, the parry which was almost rebounded in by Werner and a fumble from Ziyech’s cross in the second half.
Sheffield United, who were able to keep the scoreline down against Manchester City on 31 October, could not do the same at Stamford Bridge and they provided very little threat going forward.
The international break potentially comes at a good time for the Blades, after defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as City and Chelsea, in the past month.
It will be a crucial period when they return too, as they take on 15th-placed West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion, who are third from bottom before they host Tottenham on Sunday.
Source – BBC News