Kalidou Koulibaly Equals Record Set By Ghanaian Legend at Chelsea After Scoring Against Tottenham
Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly has matched the record set by Ghana midfielder Michael Essien sixteen years ago at Chelsea.
The 31-year-old opened the scoring as Chelsea were held at Stamford Bridge by Tottenham on Sunday in a feisty London derby.
He becomes the first player since Michael Essien in 2006 to score his first Chelsea goal against Tottenham.
“Kalidou Koulibaly is the first player to score his first Premier League goal for Chelsea in a game against Spurs since Michael Essien in March 2006. Tekkers,” wrote Opta Stats.
Koulibaly’s strike was his first in the Chelsea jersey and comes just after his second completive game for the London club.
Meanwhile, Michael Essien is revered at Stamford Bridge after nine successful campaigns with the Blues.
Essien won several titles, including the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Koulibaly joined the 2021 European champions from Napoli in the summer transfer window.