Chukwuemeka believes that the performance was promising despite losing the encounter.
Chelsea suffered another loss to Manchester City and they put themselves in a tough situation in the Premier League table. Carney Chukwuemeka was a bright spark for the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
The 19-year-old replaced Christian Pulisic in the first half as the American added to Chelsea’s growing list of injuries.
Chelsea couldn’t make opportunities but Chukwuemeka’s low strike just before the interval was the closest chance for the West London club in the game, with Ederson thankful to see the effort blast against his near post.
“My heart skipped. I thought it was in,” admitted Chukwuemeka on Sky Sports following the loss. “[It was] not meant to be today.“
The teenager is yet to find the net for Chelsea since his summer move from Aston Villa but hopes that the coming fixtures will give him an opportunity to open his Chelsea account.
“Hopefully it [his first Chelsea goal] will come in the next few games,” he added.
Speaking on the flow of the game, Chukwuemeka believes that the performance was promising despite losing the encounter.
“We worked really hard out of possession. On the ball, we created chances and caused them some problems. We had the better first half. Couldn’t find the goal. [It’s] something to build on.”
The winger was also close to setting up a chance for the hosts moments before falling behind in the second half. His whipped cross from the left toward Kai Havertz almost led to Thiago Silva blasting the ball home, if it wasn’t for a deflection from Rodri.
“Sometimes it can be a bit nerve-wracking, but you have to switch on,” he mentioned when asked about coming off the bench. “I had to get my mind in the game, see how I could help the team.”
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