Champions League was back tonight when Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea travelled to Germany to square up against Schalke, in a hope to secure their place in the knock-out round of the competition.
Mourinho went into the game with a strong and unchanged squad from the weekend win against West Brom.
Chelsea vs Schalke (5-0) – Highlights,Reactions and Analysis :
- Chelsea had their very first goalscoring chance in the 2nd minute of the game; a quick breakout saw Diego Costa through on goal but the opposition goalkeeper was up to the task, making a good save to deny the Spaniard. Although, John Terry did convert the resulting Fabregas corner superbly in the far side of the net to put Chelsea 1-0 up. Brilliant start by the visitors!
- The big scare for Chelsea came in the 13th minute when a Choupo-Moting shot got deflected by Gary Cahill and Thibaut Courtois was beaten to it, before the goalpost came to the Chelsea rescue.
- The game was done and dusted in the 29th minute after a brilliant link-up play between Ivanovic, Hazard and Willian on the right flank saw the Belgian laying the ball back to the Brazilian on right side of the area and Willian’s resulting strike found a way past Fahrmann and into the net. It was terrible goalkeeping from German to say the least, but take nothing away from Chelsea’s build-up play which alone deserved a goal! 2-0 Chelsea.
- The second goal saw Chelsea completely dominating this game and it was just a matter of time before we scored the 3rd one. Although, the way in which it came was a bit of surprise, and it completely summed up Kirchhoff’s and Schalke’s night so far. It was a Fabregas corner from the left that saw Jan Kirchhoff planting his header brilliantly into his own top corner for some weird reasons, even though he had 5 teammates around him and not a single yellow shirt ready to deal with it. Maybe he wanted to score a goal and got frustrated with the lack of chances created from his team? Nevertheless, 3-0 Chelsea.
- The half time saw Chelsea move into a three-goal lead and all but securing their place into the knock-out round of the competition. We were brilliant on the attack specially Willian and Fabregas who were immense in the first half. Interesting to see how Di Matteo’s men responds in the second half.
- The second half saw no changes from Jose Mourinho, as the Blues looked in total control of the proceedings. Ivanovic nearly added another goal in the 60th minute, and what a goal it would have been if the Serbian had pulled that off! Willian crossed the ball for the fullback at the edge of the penalty area, whose thunderous first-time volley whistled past the goalkeeper, just inches away from the goal.
- Mourinho made his first change in the 66th minute as King Drogba was introduced in place of Diego Costa with the boss probably keeping an eye on the weekend PL trip to Sunderland. Oscar was replaced by Ramires in the 75th minute for similar reasons.
- Substitute Didier Drogba completed the perfect night for Chelsea in the 76th minute, putting fourth one behind the helpless goalkeeper to give us a 4-0 lead. It all started with a superb long ball which saw both the Ivorian and Willian raced on to it, but it was Didier Drogba who collected the pass to race through on goal making it 4-0 for Chelsea.
- The game wasn’t over yet and there was more to follow from Chelsea as the second substitute of the night, Ramires, made it 5-0 with a header on the far post. Eden Hazard slided a pass to Drogba in the left side of the penalty area as the Ivorian digs out a fine cross to the back post for Ramires, who just had the job to nod the ball into the opposition net, making it 5-0 for Chelsea.
- Andre Schurrle replaced Fabregas for the final 10 minutes of the game. The game ended with Chelsea running a 5-0 riot at the German soil, and in the process, securing their place in the knock-out stages of the competition. The German team looked dreadful at the back and had no answer to the wonderful and majestic attacking display of the Blues on the night.
So, the work all but done in the Champions League for now; we now await for the weekend PL trip to Sunderland. Till then KTBFFH!
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt