Brighton vs Chelsea: Why were the Blues denied a penalty?

Brighton vs Chelsea: Why were the Blues denied a penalty?

Chelsea were denied a penalty during the clash against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. The incident took place around the quarter of the hour mark. Marc Cucurella was brought down inside the area by Facundo Buonanotte.

However, VAR check confirmed that Chelsea didn’t deserve a penalty as Buonanotte got the ball. Play resumed as usual as a result.

Chelsea, however, took the lead in the 34th minute with in-form Cole Palmer scoring with a great header. Cucurella was once again in the thick of things as the Spanish full-back delivered a pacey cross into the Brighton penalty area. Palmer, meanwhile, has now scored 25 goals and has provided 14 assists in 44 appearances since his move to Chelsea. He has netted 22 Premier League goals this season, an astonishing return.

Brighton vs Chelsea: Mauricio Pochettino speaks about Chelsea’s potential European qualification

If Chelsea hold on to their lead against Brighton, and also defeat Bournemouth in their final league game of the campaign, they can qualify for Europe. Mauricio Pochettino reckons it would be great for his side;s morale. Ahead of the Brighton game, he said (via MyKhel):

“The team is doing well, in the second part of the season – in the last 26 or 27 games. If we can compete well in the last two games then there is a possibility to get into Europe, which would be amazing for us.”

Chelsea, despite their poor start to the season, have recovered well. Since the turn of the year, only Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool have scored more points than the Blues.

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