JOB DONE DINNER
Both group commenced the sport in energetic, if barely disorganized and disjointed fashion. Eventually we settled into the predicted pattern, however whilst Chelsea yet again hogged all of the possession, and ruled the shot be counted number as nicely, not like weeks ago, have been not able to breach their intention withinside the first half.
Kai Havertz got here closest however his tight-perspective shot turned into smothered nicely. Malmo’s goalkeeper had problem dealing with the ball all game, leaving numerous juicy rebounds, however in that case, he turned into perfect. Alonso did come near poking one stated rebound into the internet as nicely, whilst Loftus-Cheek neglected the pinnacle nook a pair times, as soon as from a nook header, alternatively with a curling attempt from the pinnacle of the box.
Malmo additionally got here near a surprise intention, however Colak neglected the internet via way of means of some inches on an acrobatic volley from a ball over the pinnacle, simply earlier than the half-time. It turned into extra of the equal withinside the 2d half, till Callum Hudson-Odoi determined he’s had enough — consisting of a handball via way of means of Malmo that went uncalled — and placed it on a platter for Ziyech simply earlier than the hour-mark. He couldn’t miss, and didn’t. That pretty much determined the sport.
Thiago Silva then got here near doubling our lead, however his flicked attempt on a nook turned into cleared off the line. Chelsea created some extra probabilities withinside the very last 15 minutes, completing with nicely over 20 pictures for the sport, however have been not able to feature to our advantage, Havertz coming closest earlier than Pulisic neglected an open internet with the very last kick of the sport.
No matter; process done. 3 factors.
Three modifications from the weekend, consisting of each wing-backs plus Loftus-Cheek coming in for Kanté, who turned into rested
Good to look Christian Pulisic returned at lengthy last. He performed the very last 15+, together with Barkley, who performed extra in midfield than Ziyech (i.e. extra of a 3-5-2)
Only subs used, with the scoreline tight throughout, Zero pictures on the right track for Malmo. 12 easy sheets in sixteen Champions League video games for Mendy
Chelsea now on nine factors from 12 withinside the group. If Juventus beat Zenit later today, we’re practically (almost) withinside the knockout rounds.
Next up: Burnley at domestic on Saturday, then worldwide break
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