Players of this year’s edition of Fantasy Football this afternoon have come out in force to curse their luck, after Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen narrowly missed out on clean sheet points for the second week running.
Brighton welcomed the the Premier League champions to the Amex stadium earlier today, with the hosts looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 loss to struggling West Brom in their last outing.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have endured major problems of their own since the turn of the year, with Antonio Conte’s men having picked up just 1 win from their last 5 fixtures before today, and even that victory required extra-time and subsequent penalties in the FA Cup 3rd round versus Norwich.
Adding to the woes of the Blues moving forward were red cards picked up by both Pedro and Alvaro Morata during the club’s victory over Norwich, with both players missing out this afternoon as a result.
Additionally, both Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill were ruled out with respective hamstring problems, while Danny Drinkwater (knock) and Thibaut Courtois (ankle) were late scratches from the Chelsea squad this morning.
However, while the recent struggles and personnel problems facing the Blues today led many to suggest that the visitors could be in for another difficult outing, Antonio Conte’s men put such worries to bed with an absolutely blistering start at the Amex.
The capital giants took just 4 minutes to take the lead, as Victor Moses’ low cross fortuitously fell to the feet of Eden Hazard, with the Belgian shifting the ball onto his trusty right foot and blasting home from close range.
And, incredibly, it was 2-0 just 3 minutes later, as Chelsea strung together one of the moves of the season to drive home their early brilliance.
Willian picked the ball up deep in midfield before driving towards the heart of Brighton’s defence, with the Brazilian’s subsequent pass finding the feet of Eden Hazard, who in turn moved the ball onto Michy Batshuayi.
And it was pure football magic from here on in, as Bastshuayi found the driving Willian, who quickly moved the ball onto Hazard, before backheels from both Hazard and Batshuayi layed on Willian on the edge of Brighton’s box, with the South American making no mistake with a wonderful strike into the top right-hand corner of the hosts’ goal.
Hazard put the game firmly to bed with Chelsea’s 3rd 15 minutes from full-time, latching onto a perfectly-weighted through ball from Willian to turn Brighton’s defence inside out and smash home into the bottom left corner of Mathew Ryan’s goal.
And Victor Moses sealed a thoroughly miserable day for the hosts with his first in over a year in the 88th-minute, taking a flighted delivery from substitute Charly Musonda in his stride and coolly slotting past the onrushing Ryan.
However, while fans of the Blues were thrilled with a brilliant showing and result from their side, others, particularly those who invest time in Fantasy Football, could not help but point to the woes of Andreas Christensen.
Danish stopper Christensen has been in excellent form this season, proving an absolute rock at the back for Antonio Conte’s men.
But, after going off injured with a head injury in the 57th-minute this afternoon, the youngster missed out on 5 points in Fantasy Football by just 3 minutes.
This comes just a week after Christensen was introduced as a substitute for the injured Gary Cahill after 32 minutes versus Leicester, with his hard work in securing a clean sheet for the Premier League champions having also provided no extra points in that instance.
Though neither were Christensen’s fault in any way, those with the Chelsea man in their Fantasy Football lineups could not help but curse their luck, with some of the best Twitter roundup below:
57 minutes for Christensen two weeks in a row. Nightmare.
— #FPL General (@FPLGeneral) January 20, 2018
Christensen strikes again! No clean sheet today
— FPLPriceChanges+ (@FPLPriceChanges) January 20, 2018
4 clean sheets for Chelsea, Christensen:
3. 57 mins
4. 57 mins
— FPL Pringle (@FPLPringle) January 20, 2018
LET CHRISTENSEN LAST 60 MINUTES WHAT THE FUCK NOOOOOOOOO
— FML FPL (@FMLFPL) January 20, 2018
Christensen AGAIN?!? That’s it, you’re out buddy. Probably my worst transfer this year.
— Matej Podobnik (@matejp23) January 20, 2018
OH FUCK OFF CHRISTENSEN. AGAIN? FUCK OFF. #fpl
— FPL Penguin (@FPL_Penguin) January 20, 2018
If I was a Christensen owner, I’d have broken something in my house.
Missed his CS points last week by a minute and now misses it by 2 mins.
— FPL Ghost (@FPLGhost) January 20, 2018
Christensen’s #FPL scores since i got him in
4/5 of those games were clean sheets. Absolute nightmare…
— FPL Man (@FPL_Man) January 20, 2018
I think Christensen fpl owners need a support group 😔.
— Shim Bindra (@shimbindra) January 20, 2018
— Anorak (@FFScout_Anorak) January 20, 2018
Took Willian out he scores,Christensen subbed at 58′
— anthony (@Kib_i) January 20, 2018