Chelsea manager Graham Porter covered the exit of Joao Felix.

Chelsea lost 1-2 to Fulham in the 7th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Craven Cottage in London, England at 5 am (Korean time) on the 13th. As a result, Fulham climbed to 6th place with 9 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses (31 points), while Chelsea maintained 10th place with 7 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses (25 points), winning 4 points including the league and FA Cup against Manchester City. The game ended in a draw.

On this day, Chelsea’s starting list was named ‘freshman’ Felix. Chelsea signed Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid on the 11th (Korean time) and immediately joined the team in training. And two days after confirming the lease, he started against Fulham in the West London Derby.

Felix’s body was light. Manager Graham Porter used a 4-3-1-2 formation with Kai Havertz and Felix at the front, with Mason Mount supporting them. From the beginning of the first half, Felix worked with Havertz and created several threatening scenes.

It is safe to say that Chelsea’s attack in the first half was led by Felix. In the 10th minute of the first half, a chaotic situation occurred in the Chelsea free kick situation, and Felix, who caught the ball that flowed out, hit a right-footed shot, but missed to the left.

But Fulham took the lead. In the 25th minute of the first half, Fulham’s cross hit Trevor Chalova’s head and flowed to Willian, and Willian’s shot hit Chalova and refracted. Willian, a former Chelsea player, did not celebrate. Felix struggled. In the 28th minute of the first half, Felix hit a left-footed shot in front of the defense, but was embraced by Bernd Leno. In the first half, Felix showed a total of 4 shots and showed the most active attack in Chelsea.

However, a nightmare came to Felix in the second half. In the 13th minute of the second half, Felix raised his foot high and made a sliding tackle on Kenny Tete, and he was sent off immediately. At the start of the second half, Chelsea continued with Kalidou Koulibaly scoring the equalizer, but after Felix’s sending off, Chelsea gave way and eventually Carlos Vinicius scored a header in the 28th minute of the second half. The match ended in a 2-1 win for Fulham. 안전놀이터

Manager Porter covered up Felix’s actions in a post-match press conference. Of Felix’s exit, he said: “I don’t think Felix has acted out of his mind. It’s a scene that could come out of a Premier League where it’s fast enough. I think it’s just a control miss.”

He also spoke out about Chelsea’s extreme sluggishness recently. Currently, Chelsea are winless except for one win against Bournemouth in their last nine league matches. And they are having their worst season, finishing 10th. Regarding this, Porter ended the press conference by saying, “The fans are having a hard time, and our players are going through a tough day. It’s not easy. It’s a really tough time, so it’s important that we stick together and try to get through the tough times.”

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