BY SAM SMITH
Young Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell has suggested that the learning opportunities from playing against Chelsea’s talented forward line are endless.
The 21-year-old coped very well against the speedy Wandsworth-born winger Callum Hudson-Odoi but conceded a late penalty in the 4-0 defeat.
Jorginho scored that penalty and another soon after. Ben Chilwell had opened the scoring before Kurt Zouma added a second. Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were among the Blues’ forward line and cost Frank Lampard’s side a combined £120million.
Mitchell – who was playing in just his eighth senior game – was asked by Palace TV what he learns from playing against such elite players. He said: “Everything, [especially] coming up against intelligent players. Sometimes when you press them, they manage to pop it off first time and you have to run out. Sometimes you have to know when to go [and press], when to stay.
“As a team they were all good. They know where their next pass is, so it was a hard match from the beginning. I think we did well in the first-half, but the second-half we could have done better.”
Three of the four goals came from mistakes by Palace defenders. Mitchell’s trip on Tammy Abraham was in addition to a miscued clearance by Mamadou Sakho that led to the first goal. The Frenchman then conceded the penalty that led to the fourth.
Mitchell continued: “We kept it tight in the first half. They barely had any chances. I think we did well in the first half, and we tried to keep that on in the second half but unfortunately we couldn’t.
“We’ve had better games. I know it’s just a one-off and we’ll be back better after this international break.”
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