The “blue” team had a remarkable night at Stanford Bridge and advanced much of their place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by beating Lille 2-0
Eight wonderful minutes of Kai Havertz they disarmed the Little and put the round of 16 tie of the Champions League ready for candy for him Chelsea, who will go to France with a comfortable 2-0 on aggregate.
Thomas Tuchel made the important decision to dispense with Romelu Lukaku after his disastrous match at the weekend, in which he only touched the ball seven times (a Premier League all-time record), and entrusted the lead to Kai Havertz as a false ‘nine’.
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Risky to leave out the great bet of the season, a footballer worth 100 million. But Tuchel was right. The first eight minutes of the German were the best since he wore the Chelsea shirt. At least the most dangerous. From more to less and culminated with the goal that paved the duel in London.
He missed first a very clear shot in the small area, but he was not demoralized. Two minutes later he stood in the area, threatened the defender and hit the long post with a thread. garden he stretched to send the ball to corner. Ziyech, who is living his best days at Stamford Bridge, placed the corner into the heart of the area and Havertz appeared only to score with a diving header.
The 1-0 after eight minutes promised a walk for Chelsea, but they were stuck during the first half. Lille did not worry, not even with Renato Sanches nor with Jonathan David, and Chelsea could not find a way to attack the French. Too much parsimony at Chelsea, who had a comfortable result, even more so without the away goals rule, and Tuchel’s men were able to wait for the second half so that there would be spaces and leave the tie more in the face.