Nottingham Forest 2 – 3 Chelsea Review

Nottingham Forest 2 - 3 Chelsea Picture

Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues edge ever closer to securing European football for next season following a comeback victory at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon.

The 2023/24 Premier League season is, unfortunately, coming to an end this week, and last weekend clubs up and down the country are still battling to fulfil their ambitions for the current campaign. For Chelsea, they are targeting a return to European football, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side currently sitting in 7th as of the time of writing, which would secure them a spot in next season’s UEFA Europa Conference League.

After accumulating no less than 57 points from their 36 games to date, the Blues are ahead of 8th place Manchester United by three points, whilst a spot in the 2024/25 UEFA Europa League is most certainly not out of their reach either with Newcastle in 6th ahead of them just on goal difference at the moment.

As for Nottingham Forest, this defeat does see them in danger of relegation in 17th place with their tally of just 29 points seeing them only having a gap of 3 points separating themselves from Luton Town in 18th place – the final relegation spot. However, despite this narrow gap, Forest are seen as essentially safe anyway due to goal difference – the Reds are on – 19, whilst the Hatters are on -31. This would, as a result, require quite a miracle for Luton to stay up.

Chelsea still have something to play for of course, and they have the opportunity to win 6 points from their final two games of the 2023/24 Premier League season, which will see them face Brighton on the South Coast on Wednesday 15th May (19:45 KO) before coming toe to toe with high-flying AFC Bournemouth on the final day (Sunday 19th May 2024).

Here, we are going to take a look back and review what was a 5 goal thriller at the City Ground between Nuno Espirito Santo’s Nottingham Forest and a Chelsea side led by their Argentinian head Coach Mauricio Pochettino.

It was the hosts who had the first significant opportunity of the contest within the first five minutes of the game when Reds forward Chris Wood fired a shot toward the back of the net that looked like it might beat Blues Goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic, who managed to make the save (2’).

This missed chance would soon be punished by Chelsea just a few moments later. Ukranian forward Mykhailo Mudryk found the bottom right corner of the Forest net with an accurate finish after receiving a ball into his feet from Cole Palmer (8’).

Then, almost ten minutes after the opening goal, Nottingham Forest found their equaliser thanks to central defender Willy Boly. The ex-Wolves player planted a well-placed header into the bottom right corner of the visitors’ net after a Morgan Gibbs-White cross into the Blues’ penalty area (16’).

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side then came close to taking the lead a few moments later when Gibbs-White’s shot was blocked well by the Chelsea backline (20’).

The next chance of note that came for the away side took place after half an hour had elapsed when Forest’s Belgian Goalkeeper Matz Sels was forced into a fantastic save thanks to a powerful effort from Nicolas Jackson, which looked like it was headed for the bottom right corner before the intervention of the home side’s Goalkeeper (33’).

Chelsea’s Thiago Silva then had an effort blocked by the Forest defenders after he had met a cross from Cole Palmer with a header (34’).

Conor Gallagher, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Chris Wood all had efforts on goal later on in the first half as both sides looked for the lead. Wood’s effort came particularly close for the hosts, but his shot was well saved by Blues stopper Petrovic (45+1’).

The half-time whistle then came to confirm that Nottingham Forest and Chelsea would be level at the break.

Then, in the early stages of the second half, both sides find the post. Forest were the first to do this through Gibbs-White, who hit the woodwork with a close range header with just over half an hour of the game remaining. Chris Wood missed the follow up (57’).

It was Chelsea’s turn to hit the post a few moments later when another header, this time from Blues central defender Thiago Silva met a cross into the hosts’ box from top scorer Cole Palmer (63’).

It would be Nuno Espirito Santo’s Nottingham Forest who would take the lead, which was the second time that they had done so in this match. The goal came with less than twenty minutes to go when ex-Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi found the bottom right corner thanks to a lovely finish from the left hand side of the box (74’).

The response from Pochettino’s Chelsea came very swiftly, with the West London outfit restoring parity for a second time through Raheem Sterling who found the bottom right corner having received a pass into his feet from Moises Caicedo (80’).

Then, just when all in attendance thought that the drama was over, there was one more twist in the tale, and it came in favour of visitors Chelsea. Forward Nicolas Jackson found the back of the net thanks to a cross from the returning Reece James, coming just a couple of minutes after the equaliser and when James had been substituted onto the pitch by Pochettino (82’).

French right back Malo Gusto did almost make it 4 – 2 to Chelsea very late on in proceedings, only for his shot on goal to be saved by Sels, having originally received the ball from goal scorer Raheem Sterling (90+2’).

The final whistle then went to bring the second half and the game as a whole to a conclusion just a couple of moments later, and it confirmed a very crucial 3 – 2 win and 3 points for Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea. The Blues continue to look for a positive end to the 2023/24 Premier League season with European qualification secured.

It was the visiting side Chelsea who had the most possession on the day with 67.6% of the ball in this game compared with 32.4% for Forest. Nottingham Forest did have more shots on goal with 20 to the Blues’ 12, but their London counterparts had 5 shots on target compared to 4 for the home team.

Following this game, Chelsea Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino had this to say (via the Official Chelsea Website): “We scored a goal and then we conceded a goal that they cannot score in that way. Then it was really tough and it was an even game.

“We were controlling the game but they were very dangerous in transition and had very good players that go into transition so fast, and we took some risks and they created some chances.

“Always you need talented players and players from the bench who make a big impact like they did today and be a bit lucky to win games. Today we had all the ingredients.

“I am happy because the important thing is always to believe and never give up. The team showed resilience and maturity to fight until the end. That is why I am so pleased.”

Next up for Pochettino and Chelsea is a trip to the AMEX Stadium on the South Coast to face Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton (15th May – 19:45pm KO), before they then face Andoni Iraola’s AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 19th May 2024 – the final day of the 2023/24 Premier League season. Kick-off against the Cherries in West London is at 16:00.

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  • Padded seats located in Westview towards the edge of the penalty area
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  • Match Programme: Included
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Hospitality Opening Time: 2.5 hours before kick-off
  • Hospitality Closing Time: 1 hour after the full-time whistle

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  • VIP padded match seat in the East Stand middle tier, overlooking the 18-yard line
  • Three-course hot and cold buffet served pre-match
  • Executive cash bar available with complimentary tea and coffee
  • Light afternoon tea
  • Selection of savoury snacks
  • Casual unreserved table seating
  • Match Programme included
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Hospitality Opens: 2.5 hours before kick-off
  • Hospitality Closes: 1 hour after the final whistle

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