Slonina impressed by new Chelsea teammate's display v Manchester United

Young Goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was impressed by new Chelsea teammate Trevoh Chalobah‘s display in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Kepa Arrizabalaga made several important saves in the first half, but Chalobah was arguably the best performer for Chelsea at the weekend.

The 23-year-old made three clearances, two interceptions, and a tackle in the game, and was unfortunate not to score after hitting the woodwork with a header in the second half.

It is quite remarkable how after spending big on defenders in the summer, Chalobah is still one of the most reliable defensive options at Chelsea.

Blues manager Graham Potter was full of praise for Chalobah after the game.

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“I thought he was fantastic,” the manager said in his post-match press conference (via HaytersTV).

“He got better and better, grew into the game.

“Not easy with [Marcus] Rashford constantly making runs in behind, as he’s got incredible pace, so Chalobah did really well.”

Potter was not the only one amazed by the Chelsea academy graduate’s performance, however.

Slonina impressed by Chalobah’s display v Manchester United

After the game, the versatile defender wrote on Instagram, “We keep pushing. The atmosphere was incredible today.”

There were many responses to the post, and among them was from Slonina, who, according to the Evening Standard’s Nizaar Kinsella, was present at Stamford Bridge for the match.

“Brick wall,” the 18-year-old goalkeeper reacted in the comment section.

Chelsea signed Slonina for a reported fee of £12million in the summer and the agreement was that he would stay at Chicago Fire for the remainder of their 2022 season.

The MLS season has now ended, and a report from 90min claimed that the USA international was expected to fly to London for a short training stint at his new club earlier this month.

It remains unclear whether he will be part of the first-team squad at Chelsea this season, but he is likely looking forward to playing behind Chalobah soon.

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