Why Pochettino was upset about Chelsea's setpiece defending and what Palmer did to infuriate Brighton fans

Chelsea have now jumped into sixth after another masterful win on the road in the Premier League.

There is no stopping the Chelsea form at the moment and on a night when they suffered double blows, first with Mykhailo Mudryk being forced off due to a head injury and captain Reece James picking up an unnecessary red card.

Both setbacks required Chelsea to respond differently, the Mudryk incident tested the team’s depth with Christopher Nkunku enjoying his first 60 minutes in months and capping it off with a goal.

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Reece James was sent off and Brighton scored after that to set up a nervy finish but the Blues held on to confirm they were a team going places at the moment. So on what was the last away game of the season here are a few things you might have missed from television.

Pochettino’s early fury at the way his team defended setpieces

Earlier in the season Mauricio Pochettino hinted he’d wanted to add height to his team as he felt they needed more presence when it came to dominating teams in the air. Brighton started the game at the Amex looking to exploit that and thus Pochettino instructed his players to push the last line of defence up when defending setpieces to reduce the risk of a Brighton goal. He went absolutely mad when the Seagulls were first to the balls on the first two setpieces they got in the game so when there was stoppage, he pulled Benoit Badiashile over to make sure his instructions were clear and Chelsea improved immediately from there.

Brighton fans turn on Caicedo and Cucurella

Last season when Graham Potter brought his Chelsea team to Amex they lost 4-1 and he was mocked by the home fans from the first minutes to the final whistle. Last night’s fury was on Marc Cucurella and Moises Caicedo both former Brighton players who were booed by every touch they made.

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Cucurella more especially when he went down and Referee Michael Salisbury pointed to the spot before to the delight of Brighton fans VAR intervened and overturned it. Brighton fans instantly started singing “ Same old Chelsea always cheating.” Not that it bothered the Chelsea anyway.

Cole Palmer upsets home fans after angrily throwing the ball at them

Cole Palmer would eventually add to his tally later on but before that, he had a perfect opportunity to open the scoring when Cucurella thought he won a penalty. The 21-year-old straight away took the ball, planted it and was ready to pull the trigger before VAR intervened.

The fact VAR intervened upset Palmer so much that he angrily threw the ball at the Brighton fans before play resumed. luckily he wasn't booked for doing that.

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