In a riveting clash, Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, a former Manchester City player of 15 years, attempted to decipher City’s tactics.
Palmer, now with Chelsea after a £40m deadline day transfer, sealed a 4-4 draw with a composed stoppage-time penalty.
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Despite Haaland’s early penalty, Chelsea found themselves 2-1 down from goals by Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling.
Akanji leveled before Haaland’s second, and Jackson equalized in the 67th minute. Despite Rodri’s apparent winning goal, Palmer had the last word, securing Chelsea a point.
Palmer’s eventful game included booking for gamesmanship and attempting mind games during a City free-kick.
Despite a comical shove from Haaland, Palmer’s impact at Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino has been substantial, with him emerging as a key playmaker, scoring his fourth penalty of the season.
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Jamie Carragher commends Palmer’s decision to move on from City after contributing to their Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup victories.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “He’ll feel his body of work here, if he continues the way he’s going, is a lot better than what he’s done at Manchester City and the medals he might have won.
“It’s nonsense to me, to be honest “Everyone plays a part, but you all know when you’ve played a major part in a team’s success.
“He’s a major part now in this Chelsea team and he almost feels like the main man.”