Comprehensive win that was needed.
Chelsea welcomed Malmo to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for a Champions League group stage game. Malmo set up with their predicted lineup while Tuchel surprisingly went with a strong lineup as well. Mendy started in goal with a back three of Christensen, Silva, and Rudiger. Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, and Chilwell started as the wing back’s and midfielders with Mount, Werner, and Lukaku up front. Clearly Tuchel wanted to get the job done early which would allow him to rotate players in the 2nd half.
It was all Chelsea for 90 minutes. The first half saw Chelsea get the lead in the 9th minute as a ball into the box from Thiago Silva found an incoming Andreas Christensen who finished with a strikers touch to make it 1-0. It was Christensen’s first goal for the club and he was delighted. The second goal came in the 21st minute after Lukaku was brought down in the Malmo box. Jorginho stepped up and made it 2-0 but Lukaku seemed to have twisted his ankle and was brought off with Havertz coming on. Timo then seemed to pull up his hamstring and had to come off right before half time with Hudson-Odoi coming on. Great half to get the two goals but massive negatives with Lukaku and Werner both injured.
The 2nd half was more of the same with Hudson-Odoi playing the ball into Havertz who chipped the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 in the 48th minute. Rudiger was then brought down in the Malmo box in the 57th minute and Jorginho scored his 2nd penalty to make it 4-0. Tuchel rang the changes with Saul, Alonso, and Reece James coming on but that was that for the goals.
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Another clean sheet for Mendy. No shots on target from Malmo meant that this was a quiet game for Mendy compared to the Brentford one. A rest of sorts for him.
Christensen, Silva, and Rudiger get a clean sheet. Christensen get’s a goal, Silva get’s an assist and Rudiger got the penalty. Azpilicueta and Chilwell played well and had no issues as well, they were literally playing as no 10’s for most of their time on the pitch. Reece James and Alonso came on in the 2nd half and Alonso struggled a bit with the pace but Reece James was fine.
Jorginho get’s two more goals via penalties to his name. Kante was his usual dominant self. Mount was ok but still no luck in front of goal. Havertz got a good goal coming off the bench and with Lukaku and Werner out he should get plenty more opportunity to regain form. Saul also came on in the 2nd half but the tempo had slowed down by then.
Lukaku and Werner were playing well before they both got injured. Tuchel said post game that they might be out for a few games. Hudson-Odoi did come on and it he did well playing in his favoured position. It’s going to be a big few games for Hudson-Odoi going forward.
Tuchel get’s another clean sheet and a win and one that he was expecting. The injuries will not please him but that was bad luck more than anything else. The goals and impact from Havertz, and Hudson-Odoi will please him.
Chelsea sit 2nd in the group with 6 points, 3 behind Juventus. Next up is a visit by Norwich to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. COME ON CHELSEA!!!