Mauricio Pochettino's kids are turning Stamford Bridge into their playground – but Mykhailo Mudryk may have taken the memo a little too seriously.
Chelsea ended up as the happier party after Cole Palmer converted a 95th-minute penalty to round off a 4-4 draw at home to former club Manchester City on Sunday. Some supporters are loving Pochettino's stars all the more after seemingly entering their 'villain arc'.
And Mudryk may be the most devious of all after the Ukrainian was caught on camera 'wiping his snot' on Kyle Walker's shirt late in the match. The incident occurred during City's protests against the injury-time spot-kick, which was awarded after Ruben Dias desperately fouled Armando Broja in the box.
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It's difficult to see precisely how successful Mudryk was in his expedition north, though the pictures don't lie that he at least feigned the attempt. Not that it seemed to bother Walker in the slightest as he continued to campaign against Chelsea's penalty uninterrupted.
The sanitation police will have some stern words for Mudryk, while the action would be even less advisable had it occurred a couple of years prior. That being said, some among the Chelsea fanbase couldn't get enough of the mischievous antics.
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"These new Chelsea players are proper villains and I'm here for it," laughed one supporter on X (formerly Twitter). Another wrote: "We have entered our villain arc I swear."
Palmer wasn't the only ex-City player to score against some familiar faces, with Raheem Sterling netting to give the Blues their first lead of the game. And while his celebrations were somewhat muted, summer signing Nicolas Jackson practically forced both him and Palmer to celebrate in front of their old fans.
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It's the kind of confidence one would expect from a side that's just put eight goals past two of the highest-ranked teams in the Premier League. Pochettino & Co beat nine-man Tottenham 4-1 just six days before they punched back to share the spoils with City.
It's only when your team are pulling off such feats that one usually has the confidence to goad the opposition in such a manner. And if that's the case, it's likely most of the Chelsea fanbase can't wait to see more of Mudryk's booger-creasing capers.
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