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Chelsea vs. Sporting Lisbon, Champions League: Second half thread

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So far this game's been everything we'd hoped it would be.

Two goals in the first 15 minutes have turned this into a relaxing affair -- even more so than it had initially been given that we're already assured of top spot in the group -- Cesc Fabregas dispatching a penalty kick eight minutes in and Andre Schurrle breaking out of his goalless slump with a lovely strike a few minutes later.

Schurrle's not the only fringe players impressing tonight.  Mohamed Salah has looked lively, Mikel's continued his good form from the weekend, and both Filipe Luis and Cesar Azpilicueta have bossed their respective flanks (which match their respective dominant feet, for once).

Pretty much the only lowlight has been Diego Costa, who seems to be showing none of the sharpness that is supposedly the aim of his inclusion tonight -- though he did improve towards the end of a first half, with a couple excellent touches and a bullying run past 3-4 people in the box.  There was one mad scramble in our box, too, after Kurt Zouma lost his place and left Azpilicueta with two men to mark.  Otherwise, it's easy.  It's comfortable.  And it's fun.

Two-nil to the good and looking for more.  UP THE BLUES!

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