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Joao Felix Suffers Loss in Chelsea Debut After Dismissal Reduces Blues to 10 Men

13 January 2023, Friday
Joao Felix's promising Chelsea bow finished on an unfortunately sour note when the loanee was sent off after a late tackle in their 2-1 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Thursday. Willian had put the Cottagers in front at the break, only for Kalidou Koulibaly to equalise in the second half. Felix had appeared to form an instant understanding with Kai Havertz during the game, encapsulating what the Graham Potter era has meant for the Blues.

Fulham's fortunes were bolstered on Saturday evening, when they secured a late victory over Chelsea at Craven Cottage. The game looked destined to end in a draw, until Ademola Lookman's fellow substitute, Mario Lemina, set up Josh Maja for a crucial headed goal in the 85th minute. This sealed the win for the Cottagers, taking them to sixth in the Premier League standings with 31 points, six more than Chelsea.

The Blues have been suffering as of late, managing only one win in their last nine games and slipping to 10th in the table. The tide, however, appears to have been turned for Fulham, who have now notched up five consecutive victories across all competitions, beating Palace, Southampton, Leicester, Hull City (FA Cup), and now Chelsea.

Fulham have put in an excellent display this season, but Chelsea largely governed this match. Unfortunately, their list of injured attacking players continues to be a concern.

This has prompted the Blues to take on the services of Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid and he showed some promising signs during the 57 minutes he played. 

However, an ill-timed, studs-up challenge from Felix means that Chelsea will have to go without his services for a while.

It's unfortunate, as Chelsea had tallied more than 2.00 expected goals with the presence of Felix and Kai Havertz as a promising pair of youngsters.

The Blues had all the major opportunities during the match, with Fulham's goal being scored by Willian on a deflected effort. Willian, who had been with Chelsea for a while, did not celebrate his opener. Carlos Vinicius, who had previously played for Tottenham, did however celebrate his late goal which gave Fulham a 2-1 lead, as ex-Londoner Bernd Leno had put in a stellar performance in goal for the Spurs.

Fulham put in a good display in their latest outing. Despite missing their star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Cottagers still managed to secure a close victory that will undoubtedly bolster their confidence. Marco Silva's outfit exhibited a determined effort on the pitch, and they will look to transfer this same level of resilience when they take on Newcastle United at Mitrovic's former home this weekend.
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