Several changes, as expected from Tuchel, some, as expected, not quite as expected.
In spite of the changes, Chelsea had another fantastic first half, just as against Real Madrid, but just as against Real Madrid, we only managed to find the one goal, this time from Havertz, who finished coolly from a great Mount touch and through-ball.
Chelsea could’ve easily had a handful, with Ziyech’s inability to finish into the empty net a la Werner against Real the most glaring missed opportunity.
Right on the stroke of half time, we were served a reminder of how small these margins are as Ola Aina’s shot deflected and forced a tremendous save from Mendy. Perhaps inspired by that close call, Chelsea quickly put the game to bed in the second half, with Havertz grabbing his and the team’s second with yet another composed finish, this time from Werner’s through-ball.
Chelsea could’ve added to the lead, but we don’t do that around here.
- A 3-4-3 on paper, but more of a 3-5-2 in practice, with Mount and Ziyech very fluid in midfield, interchanging, shifting, dropping, running, and floating about the more static and central Gilmour.
- Kanté on for Ziyech for the final 25 minutes for a more familiar midfield look
- Gilmour’s first Premier League appearance since the start of January, and the 3-1 loss to Manchester City. First Premier League start since the 3-2 win against Crystal Palace during Project Restart.
- Havertz with his 7th and 8th goals of the season. 3 goals in his last 3 PL appearances.
- Werner keeps adding to his team-leading “goal contributions”
- Hopefully Mount not too sore from the knocks to his feet and back.
- Another clean sheet!
- Chelsea close to within two points of Leicester in third, whom we play in a couple weeks. The chasing pack all play tomorrow or Monday.
- Next up: the second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday