Joao Felix set an unwanted Chelsea record on his debut

Chelsea striker Joao Felix set an unwanted Premier League record after being sent off in Thursday’s 2-1 defeat by Fulham.

The Portugal international was recently loaned out by Atletico Madrid until the end of the season, with Chelsea paying a €11m (£9.8m) fee to complete the deal.

The 23-year-old joined the club in time to feature in Thursday’s west London derby, where Graham Potter started Felix.

Former Chelsea winger Willian put Fulham ahead at half-time before Kalidou Koulibaly equalized early in the second half.

Felix’s Chelsea debut was cut short in the 58th minute when he was immediately sent off for a dangerous high tackle on Kenny Tete.

Numerically ahead, Fulham won the game 2-1 thanks to Carlos Vinicius’ header in the 73rd minute.

As a result of his reckless challenge, Felix made unwanted history, becoming the first Chelsea player to be sent off on his Premier League debut.

The Atletico loanee was also the first player to receive a red card in his first Premier League game since Federico Fazio, who was sent off for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City in October 2014.

Despite being given his marching orders with just over half an hour to go, Felix still had more shots on goal (4) than any other player on the Craven Cottage field.

Felix is now serving a three-game ban which excludes him from Premier League games against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and the second leg against Fulham in early February.

After the game, Chelsea boss Potter admitted Felix’s red card and subsequent suspension were “deeply disappointing”.

Speaking to BT Sport, Potter said: “It was an attacking tackle, no malice in it but I understand why it was red.

“It’s another hit, the attacks just keep coming at the moment. He was really good, you could see his quality in the game so it’s really disappointing for us.”

A third straight defeat has only increased the pressure on the Chelsea manager, who has won two of his last 10 competitive games.

Chelsea, 10th in the Premier League, will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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