A win that could have been more.
Chelsea started off their Europa League campaign with a win against PAOK in Greece. The starting lineup consisted of only five changes as Morata, Willian, Barkley, Christensen, and Zappacosta came in for Hazard, Giroud, Kovacic, Luiz, and Azpilicueta. I personally would have liked to see Ampadu, and Hudson-Odoi involved in some capacity but Sarri chose otherwise and they did not even make the bench.
Chelsea started the game off with a goal in the 7th minute after Barkley broke through the midfield and passed it to Willian who scored the goal. Chelsea dominated the rest of the first half with Morata getting several chances to add to his goal tally but managing to convert none of them in a mixture of poor misses, and unlucky chances. Pedro also had a brilliant one on one chance but seemed to have forgotten his scoring boots in London. Chelsea dominated the game with 69% possession and 22 shots on goal though only 5 of those were on target. The shots on target aspect continues to be a problem for us and better teams will punish us, it is an area we need to improve on before we face Liverpool.
Player wise Kepa kept a clean sheet, the whole defence played well, the midfield was its brilliant self, Morata got into the right positions but his scoring touch alludes him, Willian was decent, and Pedro was also decent without really causing any harm. Fabregas did come on in the second half for his first appearance of the season while the other subs were Giroud, and Azpilicueta.
A win is a win as we sit second in our group after Bate beat Videoton. Next up is a game at West Ham. COME ON CHELSEA!!!