In a thrilling 8‑goal match between Chelsea and Manchester City, Erling Haaland made headlines by pushing his former team-mate, Cole Palmer, who attempted to eavesdrop on a crucial team talk.
Cole Palmer, now playing for Chelsea, faced his former club for the first time since his transfer to West London. He even scored a late penalty during the match that ended in a 4–4 draw.
In the dying moments of the game, Palmer cheekily tried to listen in on City’s team talk as they gathered on the pitch. Haaland, who had a fantastic performance with two goals, immediately intervened and pushed Palmer away from the group.
The incident appeared to be in good spirits, with Erling Haaland flashing a smile as he guided his ex-teammate out of the City crowd. Despite the drama, both teams ultimately settled for a point in this high-scoring Premier League affair.
Meanwhile, some fans were displeased when Cole Palmer was booked for tampering with the penalty spot during the match against Manchester City. Haaland had earned a penalty after being fouled by Chelsea’s Cucurella, and Palmer was caught trying to scuff up the spot.
Such gamesmanship is not uncommon in football, as seen recently with Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho. However, Palmer’s actions drew criticism, including being labeled a “clown” by Copenhagen defender Denis Vavro.
The match at Stamford Bridge ended with a thrilling 4–4 draw, as neither side could assert dominance over the other. City initially took the lead through Haaland’s controversial penalty, but Chelsea responded with goals from Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling.
The visitors equalized just before halftime through Manuel Akanji, and Haaland swiftly restored their lead after the break. Nicolas Jackson later brought Chelsea level once again before goals from Rodri and Palmer resulted in a dramatic 4–4 scoreline on Sunday night.