Nottingham Forest Stuns Chelsea with 1-0 Victory, Elanga the Hero

In a surprising turn of events at Stamford Bridge, Nottingham Forest secured a remarkable 1-0 victory against Chelsea, with Anthony Elanga emerging as the game’s hero.

The Blues chose to stick with the same lineup that had recently outperformed Luton. However, it was Nottingham Forest who walked away with all three points after Elanga’s early second-half strike secured the winning goal.

Nottingham Forest had previously displayed commendable performances in narrow defeats against Arsenal and Manchester United, and this time, they finally clinched a victory against a topsix Premier League club, which their efforts had often deserved.

Despite making nine new signings, Chelsea’s manager Mauricio Pochettino made only two changes to his starting lineup in their four Premier League games this season, resulting in just one win.

The clubrecord signing Moises Caicedo found himself at fault for Elanga’s decisive goal. Additionally, the debutant Cole Palmer couldn’t make a significant impact when coming off the bench.

Early in the game, Raheem Sterling, fresh off his impressive brace against Luton, had a promising chance, but Ola Aina’s courageous challenge thwarted his attempt.

While Sterling aimed to prove his worthiness for a place in the England squad, Conor Gallagher, who did make Gareth Southgate’s selection, came close with a bending shot that narrowly missed the target.

Sterling, the most active presence in Chelsea’s attack during a rather forgettable first half, delivered a cross to Ben Chilwell, but Chilwell couldn’t convert the low center, as the first half progressed in a start-stop fashion.

Nottingham Forest gained some possession down their right flank and earned a free-kick in a dangerous area when Thiago Silva brought down Taiwo Awoniyi. Awoniyi, who had been in-form, fired a shot over the crossbar after the resulting set-piece fell to him inside the box.

Awoniyi, who had already found the net at the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford earlier in the season, came close again with an acrobatic close-range effort that narrowly missed the post.

In first-half stoppage time, the visitors were forced into a substitution as Danilo limped off the field after a chase for a long ball, with Anthony Elanga replacing him.

Elanga, the Sweden forward signed from Manchester United for a reported £15 million, made an immediate impact shortly after the second half began. A heavy touch in midfield from Caicedo handed possession to Nottingham Forest, and Elanga seized the opportunity.

Awoniyi threaded a pass through Thiago Silva’s legs, setting up Elanga, who calmly slotted the ball past Robert Sanchez to break the deadlock.

Chelsea struggled in their quest to equalize, prompting Pochettino to introduce Noni Madueke, Palmer, Ian Maatsen, and Mykhailo Mudryk in search of a goal.

Their best chance came through Nicolas Jackson, but the summer arrival from Villarreal turned over his effort from six yards out, despite Sterling’s excellent work in finding him in a prime scoring position.