Reece James and John Terry sends message to Cole Palmer after Man United

Reece James and John Terry sends message to Cole Palmer after Man United

John Terry and Reece James have heaped praise on Cole Palmer following Chelsea’s 4-3 win over Manchester United. The 21-year-old midfielder, who joined the Blues from Manchester City on deadline day in the summer, inspired an emphatic comeback against the Red Devils on Thursday evening.

In the dying embers of stoppage time, Palmer equalised for Chelsea from the penalty spot, netting his second spot-kick of the tie. Then, 82 seconds later, the England international fired the west London outfit ahead after Manchester United were slow to react to a quick corner.

Unmarked on the edge of the box, Enzo Fernandez pinged the ball into Palmer’s stride. Mason Mount couldn’t close the Chelsea ace down quick enough before his strike was deflected beyond Andre Onana.

For the first time in a while, the clanging of the hoardings at Stamford Bridge roared and pandemonium broke out in stands. After the game, Palmer marked the occasion with a celebratory post on Instagram, which racked up over half a million likes by the early hours of Friday morning.

Chelsea supporters flooded his comment section in their thousands, showing their appreciation for the midfielder, but a few words stood out more than most. John Terry and Reece James led the messages of support, with the likes of Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez joining in too.

“Yessirrr,” wrote the Blues captain, whose comment was liked over 10,000 times and more than anybody else. Meanwhile, the former Chelsea skipper simply typed out three ball emojis, a blue heart emoji and a clapping hands emoji.

Fernandez described Palmer as ‘amazing and Gallagher hailed the midfielder as the ‘main man’. Angelo Gabriel, who the west Londoners signed from Santos in the summer before sending to Strasbourg on loan, took the praise one step further and compared him to Ronaldo Nazario, writing: “Fenômeno [cold emoji].”

The former Brazil international and two-time Ballon d’Or winner was also nicknamed ‘the phenomenon’ for his ability and goal-scoring prowess. Meanwhile, speaking to reporters after the game, Mauricio Pochettino tried to put his side’s performance into words.

“It was amazing because we deserved it.,” he said. “We were the better team today. It was fair that we scored in the last minute. I think if you see everything, we started the game really well. The game was under control at 2-0 but then we made a big mistake.

“We suffered a big impact emotionally, an impact that was not easy to deal with. But in the second-half, we controlled the game. We conceded in transition. Of course, I’m disappointed with the way we conceded three goals because I think we should be better in this type of situation.

“But if you analyse the game, I think it’s a fair result. Three points for us and I think it’s an important finish at the end, creating the connection with our fans, the fans and the players. It’s a very good thing that happened today and it should be a turning point for us, the team to trust from the fans.”

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