With a 3-2 victory over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in the Premier League on Saturday, Chelsea completed 2023 with two straight victories.
Cole Palmer scored two well-executed goals either side of halftime to build on his outstanding start to life in west London. With a brilliant strike past Thomas Kaminski earlier in the week, Noni Madueke added to his victory over Crystal Palace.
Luton scored twice through Elijah Adebayo and Ross Barkley in the closing minutes of the match, then twice they smashed the crossbar of Djordje Petrovic.
With the victory, the Blues’ deficit to Manchester City in fourth place is now just nine points. The seasoned defender Thiago Silva did not appear pleased as the full-time whistle blew, despite the enthusiastic performance.
After Luton forced the west Londoners to concede a point at Kenilworth Road, the Brazilian was seen standing on the halfway line and shaking his head. He also told the TNT Sports camera team to get away from him before getting into a fight with Enzo Fernandez about something.
The 39-year-old’s exact irritation is yet unknown, but it may have something to do with Chelsea letting Luton back into the match with two easy goals after jumping out to a 3-0 lead.
Madueke commended his teammates for holding onto all three points after the game. In those final minutes, “I felt like it was staying together,” he said to TNT Sports.
“It’s a challenging place to be, and to be honest, we made it difficult for ourselves. I’m just glad we managed to earn three points.” I am thrilled with the three points since they have made things difficult for many of the best teams this year.”