Cole Palmer expressed his happiness in spoiling his old friends’ day as his stoppage-time penalty for Chelsea salvaged a thrilling 4-4 draw against his former club, Manchester City, on Sunday 12 November 2023.
Palmer made a surprising £42 million (£51 million) move from City to Chelsea in September, and his first reunion with the Premier League champions proved to be a memorable occasion.
Chelsea leaves Manchester City frustrated
In one of the games of the season, Palmer scored from the penalty spot, leaving City frustrated after the leaders blew the lead three times at Stamford Bridge.
It was an emotional moment for Manchester-born Palmer, who spent 15 years at City after joining them at the age of six.
Palmer had emerged as one of City’s brightest young talents before deciding to join Chelsea in search of more regular playing time.
Asked if he had upset friends in Manchester, the 21-year-old said: “Yeah, probably. I know many City fans. But that’s the game, isn’t it?”
What a great game in the Premier League
“It was very strange, the first time I’ve played against City since I’ve left, but I’ve got the utmost respect for the club that I spent 15 years at.
It was nice to see some friends. It was unlucky not to get the win, but it was another great game. It was a long time waiting for the penalty, but I felt confident.
I’ve had a few penalties. “Just stay calm, keep focused. I don’t work on them, but I trust in my natural abilities, and thankfully, it went in.”
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