Wilfried Zaha was allegedly involved in a spat with Chelsea fans outside Stamford Bridge after Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat against the Blues on Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old was a peripheral and often frustrated figure as his side succumbed to a meek loss in west London, with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic both scoring in the second half to break a stubborn Palace rearguard.
Zaha struggled to impact the match and was given precious few opportunities to run at the Chelsea defence, while youngster Reece James gobbled him up whenever he did get the ball.
Chelsea fan: Reece James in the pocket
Wilf: i had your fuckin mum in my pocket 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/wxazT85SHU
— ً (@cpfcriley) November 9, 2019
After the game, as Zaha made his way home in the back of a Rolls Royce, he was taunted by fans over his performance – and he didn’t seem to be in a joking mood.
‘What happened today? Reece James, Reece James in the pocket,’ yelled one fan at Zaha’s car repeatedly, referencing the right-back’s excellent performance.
At this point the rear window was wound down and someone in the backseat, allegedly Zaha, appeared to respond by shouting: ‘I’ve got your f***ing mum in my pocket!’
Zaha – who has yet to score this season – picked up an injury late on in the match on a frustrating afternoon, though much of the credit went to James for locking down the winger.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said of the young defender afterwards: ‘I just felt we could get Reece some minutes and he’s deserved them with the way he’s trained and played.
‘With Zaha I thought what better test? Every team has players that can hurt you on the counter attack and he’s one of the best.
‘I thought could we hurt them the other way and make him run back more than forwards. I’ve got trust in Reece defensively. It was a really impressive game from him and he’ll get much better.’
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