Sterling and Jackson Shine in Chelsea's 3-0 Victory over Luton Town
Chelsea secured their first competitive victory under the guidance of coach Mauricio Pochettino with an impressive 3-0 win at home against Premier League newcomers Luton Town on Friday. This triumph was fueled by stellar performances from Raheem Sterling, who netted twice, and Nicolas Jackson, who celebrated his maiden goal for the club.
Sterling's first goal showcased his individual brilliance as he received the ball from wing-back Malo Gusto, embarked on a mesmerizing run through Luton's defense, and finished with a low shot into the far corner in the 17th minute.
The dynamic duo of Sterling and Gusto struck again in the 68th minute. This time, Gusto capitalized on a pass from Chelsea's British record transfer signing, Moises Caicedo, who impressed on his debut start. The Frenchman provided a simple cross for Sterling to tap in.
Seven minutes later, Sterling turned provider as he delivered a pinpoint cross to Jackson, allowing the Senegalese striker to stretch out and score his first Chelsea goal since his transfer from Villarreal in June.
This victory marked Chelsea's first win of the season, following a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on the opening day and a 3-1 defeat to West Ham United the previous Sunday. It was only their second win in 15 Premier League matches, including their challenging run last season.
Luton, playing only their second top-division match in 31 years, missed a chance to level the score on the hour mark when Ryan Giles had an opportunity, but Gusto partially blocked his shot, and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez managed to reach the looping ball.
Chelsea's home fans responded with enthusiasm as the team secured their first home league win since March 4. Mauricio Pochettino's pledge to instill an attractive style of play in the team seemed to be bearing fruit after the struggles of the previous season under Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, both of whom were subsequently relieved of their duties.
Sterling, who has thrived under the Argentine coach's leadership, expressed his understanding of the role Pochettino expects from him and his commitment to improvement.
Moreover, the match was significant for the seamless integration of Moises Caicedo into Chelsea's midfield anchor role, allowing Enzo Fernandez and Conor Gallagher to push forward and stretch Luton's defenses, ultimately overpowering the newcomers.