Christopher Nkunku scores on Chelsea debut as Mauricio Pochettino wins first match in charge

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By Sedara Philip

Mauricio Pochettino kicked off his Chelsea career in the perfect fashion after his side ran out 5-0 winners in the Florida Cup against Wrexham.

There was to be no fairy tale victory for the League Two outfit as they were blown away by a rampant Blues side at the Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Pochettino opted to start a youthful team, before bringing on some of his big guns in the second half – including summer recruit Christopher Nkunku.

And the versatile Frenchman capped a brilliant Chelsea performance with a debut goal in what is potentially a sign of things to come for the 25-year-old.

It took just three minutes for the first goal of the Pochettino era, with Ian Maatsen slotting past veteran goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The Dutchman, who helped Burnley win the Championship during his loan spell last season, then added a second shortly before half-time.

A number of changes in the second half had slowed down the game, before Chelsea stepped up a gear in the closing stages.

Conor Gallagher scored Chelsea’s third in the 80th minute, with the England international striking a low shot into the bottom corner after being picked out by Raheem Sterling.

Then came the moment all Blues fans had been hoping for – Nkunku getting on the score sheet.

And he took his goal in fine fashion, as he rounded shot-stopper Rob Lainton – on for Foster – before firing into the roof of the net in the 90th minute.

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