Raheem Sterling scored a brace to lead Chelsea to their first Premier League win of the 2023-24 season in a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Luton Town, Sportivationng.com reports.
Senegalese forward, Nicolas Jackson also scored his first Chelsea goal in the encounter.
Sterling received the ball from wing back Malo Gusto, cut in from the right and weaved his way through Luton’s defence before shooting low into the far corner in the 17th minute for one of his best goals in a Chelsea shirt.
The duo combined again in the 68th when Gusto ran onto a pass from British record transfer signing Moises Caicedo, looking composed on his first start for Chelsea, and the Frenchman crossed for a simple finish by Sterling.
Seven minutes later, Sterling turned provider as he crossed for Jackson and the Senegal striker stretched out a boot to score his first Chelsea goal since signing from Villarreal in June.
Mauricio Pochettino on Raheem Sterling’s performance:
“He played with freedom on the pitch, we know what he is capable of. On the wing, inside, between the lines, in the pocket, he has the quality to play many places and the he had quality to run and finish.”
“We are pleased for him, he needs to keep going and contribute more goals and assists to help the team to win.”
Raheem Sterling vs Luton (H):
2 key passes — 1 big chance created
2 successful dribbles
14 touches in box
A proper all-round performance. pic.twitter.com/pjAa6ZThGo
— ExpectedChelsea (@ExpectedChelsea) August 25, 2023
Raheem Sterling: “I had a bit of frustration last season, I was always coming with my back to goal, a bit deep, and wasn’t given a chance to get towards the box. I had a conversation with the manager last week.”