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Chelsea Tops Table of Worst Disciplinary Record in Premier League This Season
- For the second Premier League game in a row, Chelsea ended the match with 10 men
- Statistics now show the Blues have the worst disciplinary record in the league so far
- Versus Brighton, Conor Gallagher was the latest Chelsea player to be shown a red card
Chelsea has one of the worst disciplinary records in the Premier League - if recent data is anything to go by.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side has continued to struggle this season in the English top flight, having already suffered five defeats in 14 games.
After losing to Newcastle last time out, the Blues bounced back to winning ways thanks to a 3-2 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
Enzo Fernandez put his side in front with a header before former Brighton loanee, Levi Colwill doubled the lead.
Facundo Buonanotte then halved the deficit with a stunning strike but Fernandez went on to restore the two-goal lead in the second half from the penalty spot.
Brighton’s Joao Pedro then reduced the deficit, but there would be no comeback as Chelsea claimed all three points.
However, the win came at a cost as the Blues, for the second Premier League game in a row, had to end proceedings with only 10 men.
This time, it was Conor Gallagher who was dismissed for a second bookable offence at the stroke of half-time for a harsh challenge on Facundo Buonanotte.
For all of Brighton’s possession, Chelsea remained resolute at the back despite being a man down, and their stubbornness eventually paid off.
Chelsea’s poor disciplinary record
After the game, Pochettino spoke on Gallagher’s dismissal and was adamant that referee, Craig Pawson had been too harsh on his player.
"It wasn’t a sending off, that is my opinion," the Chelsea boss said, as cited by The Telegraph.
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"This type of period, it happens. We were a little more aggressive after Newcastle. We needed to show our real face. We wanted to play well, be aggressive and show we care. We wanted to win the game. I think the team was really good. The crowd was proud."
In truth, Chelsea have struggled with discipline on the field this season, evidenced by the number of yellow cards the players have received.
According to data from Football Transfers, the Blues' players have received a league-high 47 bookings so far this campaign.
Wolves come in second in the list of most bookings with 43, while Sheffield United, Brighton, and Tottenham Hotspur round off the top five with 42, 40, and 38 respectively.
Arsenal is the most disciplined team by that same metric, as Gunners players have only received a total of 18 bookings from 14 games this season.
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