Moises Caicedo had a nightmare debut.
Chelsea lost 1-3 to West Ham United in the second round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2023-24 season held at London Stadium in London, England at 0:30 am (Korean time) on the 21st. With this, Chelsea fell into a two-game draw and promised the first win next.먹튀검증
Last season, Chelsea took an unprecedented step with new owner Todd Boelli. With astronomical financial power, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Coulibaly, Mark Cucurella, Wesley Popana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Dennis Zakaria were recruited to significantly strengthen the squad.
When coach Thomas Tuchel faltered, he was immediately sacked and appointed coach Graham Porter while paying a penalty. During the winter transfer window, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiacil, Noni Madueke, Mihailo Mudrik, and Enzo Fernandez were added to try to turn things around.
But the result was a fiasco. Chelsea crashed without wings, and Manager Porter also went through the steps of hardship. Coach Frank Lampard took over as interim head coach, but the situation did not improve. In the end, Chelsea finished the season with a shabby record of 12th place in the league with no match.
The new weaving has begun. A change of squad took place under coach Mauricio Pochettino. Koulibaly, Aubameyang, Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Christian Pulisic have left to find new teams. With the goal of reviving the famous family, a wind of blood blew through Stamford Bridge.
In line with this, power reinforcement was also carried out. Christopher Nkunku, Diego Moreira, Nicola Jackson, Angelou Gabriel, Leslie Ugochukwu, Axel Disassi and Robert Sanchez joined them. Rising stars who stood out from all over Europe were recruited.
The pinnacle was Kaisedo. Initially, Caicedo was linked with Liverpool. Reporter David Ornstein of Britain’s ‘The Athletic’ said: “Liverpool have reached an EPL record £110m deal with Brighton for Caicedo. The bid Chelsea handed over was up to 100 million pounds (approximately 171.1 billion won). A medical test is expected to be held on Friday.” Klopp also acknowledged it. According to Romano, manager Klopp predicted a dun deal during a press conference, saying, “I heard that a deal for Caicedo has been agreed with the club. We will have to watch it with the player. Is the medical test today? I can’t answer. I don’t know.”
But everything got tangled up. The news is that Caicedo is only thinking of Chelsea, which he has consistently wanted, and he has said no to Liverpool. Chelsea pushed for a deal again and reached an agreement with Brighton to take Caicedo into their arms. The transfer fee even changed the EPL record to a total of 115 million pounds (approximately 196.8 billion won). Chelsea completed the midfield by recruiting Romeo Rabia from Southampton. Enzo, Caicedo, and Labia formed a midfield line with a total transfer fee of close to 500 billion won.
Caicedo, born in the ‘Blues’, said: “I am very happy to join Chelsea! I am very happy to have come to this great club. When Chelsea called me I didn’t have to worry. Being here is a dream come true. I want to be with you,” he said.
It is a drama without a script. Chelsea said, “Caicedo first saw Makelele in Santo Domingo, located at the foot of the Andes in northern Ecuador. He watched Makelele play on the Internet and studied positioning and ball-winning play. Soon after, another idol, N’Golo Kante, was recruited. He said he admired Chelsea legends Makelele and Kante.
Caicedo said: “The two players inspired me. On the pitch, they were so humble. I’ve supported Chelsea since I was a kid and I’ve watched them play. It’s amazing that they’re here now. Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world. The players. I want to do my best with you,” he said.
There is also the motivation of family. “Family is so important to me. They are everything to me. It’s amazing to share this moment with my mother and girlfriend. It makes me happier to be with them. My family and my girlfriend have been there for me even in the hard times and have always supported me. In every training and every game, they are in my heart.” A photo taken with her mother in a Chelsea uniform in Cayambe, Ecuador in 2020 also moved the audience.
The same goes for my country, Ecuador. Caicedo added: “I also know that there are many Ecuadorians behind me. I have to be an example to them wearing my uniform. I want to represent my country at my best. They inspire me to continue to do my best.”
The West Ham expedition rushed in after the storm recruitment. Pochettino started the match with a 3-4-2-1 formation. Jackson was responsible for the one-top. In the second line, Kani Chuquemeka and Sterling were herpes. Ben Chilwell, Conor Gallagher, Enzo, and Marlo Gusteau sortied in the midfield. The three backs were played by Levy Colwill, Thiago Silva and Disassi. The goalkeeper’s gloves were worn by Sanchez.
The match didn’t go as planned. Chelsea took the lead with Naif Aguerde conceding a goal in the 7th minute of the first half. In the 28th minute of the first half, Chuquemeca countered with an equalizer, but in the 43rd minute of the first half, Enzo missed a penalty kick (PK) that was like gold and lowered his head. After breaking into the second half, West Ham took the lead again with a goal from Mikhail Antonio.
Manager Pochettino brought out the winning number. In the 16th minute of the second half, Chilwell was replaced by Caicedo. Aguerde was sent off for accumulated warnings and even gained a numerical advantage. But the game never turned around. The input of Madueke and Mason Bustow was also useless.
A ghastly scene came out just before the end. In the second half of extra time, Caicedo made a tackle while blocking Emerson Palmieri, and a PK was declared immediately. Lucas Paqueta, who started as a kicker, finished cleanly and poured cold water. In the end, Chelsea lost 1-3 to West Ham.
After the match, Pochettino said of Caicedo, “He did well. The decision to play in the last 30 minutes was because Caicedo was ready to play. There were a lot of positives. He conceded in the last minute, so I can’t say he’s not at fault. no,” he said.
Criticism continued over Kaisedo, who did not stand out in any connection or defense. Football statistics media ‘Sofa Score’ gave Caicedo the second lowest rating of 6.4 among Chelsea players. England’s ‘Football London’ gave a rating of 5, saying, “I was given the role of number 6. I shot right after putting it in, but it missed wide. I allowed PK to the opponent and it was a nightmare debut.” It was a game I would like to forget for Kaisero, who recorded a transfer fee approaching 200 billion won.