Chelsea drew 0-0 with Fulham in the 22nd round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Stamford Bridge in London, England on the 4th at 5 am (Korean time). With one point, Chelsea briefly moved up to 9th in the league, overtaking Liverpool.
Chelsea’s performance this season has been below expectations. Until just before the match against Fulham, they had not accumulated enough points to finish in 10th place, and even with the appointment of owner Todd Boelli and manager Graham Porter안전놀이터 , their organizational skills do not match.
As a result, Chelsea grind their teeth properly in the transfer market this winter. Joao Felix was brought in on loan, and he successfully hijacked Mikhailo Mudrik from Arsenal. Above all, Chelsea, who peaked with the signing of Enzo Fernandes, now have nothing to fear. Chelsea, which invested a total of 363.5 million euros (approximately 490.9 billion won) in the transfer market alone this winter, is aiming for a rebound in the second half.
A lot of freshmen appeared on the starting list for the match against Fulham. Mudriq started as a left winger, and Fernandes, who recorded the highest transfer fee in the Premier League, started as a central midfielder. It also marks Benoit Badiacil’s third match for Chelsea.
The team accepted a rather disappointing result with a 0-0 draw. It was the first game right after Chelsea’s transfer window, which recorded the highest transfer fee in the Premier League, so much attention was paid, but many fans of other teams mocked Chelsea as they failed to win against Fulham.
However, Chelsea’s defense was praised. On this day, Chelsea set up a center back line with a duo of Thiago Silva and Badiacil. The two have not been together for a long time, but Silva’s skillful positioning and Badiasil’s competitive ability and left-footed build-up ability provided a stable defense.
After the game, Gary Neville also praised the defensive line. He told British media ‘Sky Sports’, “Jamie Carragher praised Badiacil, but I think Silva is really sensational. I am moved every time I see him. He is a world-class player.”
The combination of the 38-year-old Silva and the 21-year-old Badiasil, who are struggling at Chelsea this season and showing their age, can be said to be the biggest force supporting Chelsea this season.