Ian Wright praises Enzo Fernandez intervention during Cole Palmer’s penalty row with Raheem Sterling
Sterling attempted to take the penalty ahead of Palmer at Stamford Bridge.
Palmer put Chelsea in front from the penalty spot in the first half at Stamford Bridge, however, the 21-year-old summer signing was forced to fend of Raheem Sterling’s attempt to take the spot kick.
After a brief confrontation, Enzo Fernandez stepped in to ensure that Palmer was the one who took the penalty despite Sterling’s protests.
And former Arsenal striker Wright praised Fernandez’s decision to intervene, as well as Sterling not taking the situation to heart as he went on to celebrate with Palmer and the rest of his Chelsea teammates.
‘I like that from Palmer but I like the fact that the team came round to say, ‘let him do it’,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.
‘Raheem took it, he went over to celebrate with him [Palmer].
‘The thing is, Raheem looked a little bit disappointed at first but then Fernandez came and said something, someone else came over and said something, and it’s done.
‘They scored a penalty and everyone celebrated together. It’s not a bad thing.’
Former Netherlands international and Chelsea player-manager Ruud Gullit added: ‘It’s good for Palmer, he is the striker, he wants to score goals.
‘He is eager to take it, I like that. That’s what you need from a striker, it’s a positive from him.’
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