It was a night to remember for Jose Mourinho and a night to forget for Roberto Di Matteo as his former employers bullied Schalke ruthlessly.
December is a busy month for Chelsea, but the Blues will have one less thing to worry about after booking their place in the knockout stages with one game still to play thanks to goals from John Terry, Willian, Didier Drogba, Ramires and an own goal from Jan Kirchhoff.
The Blues played sensational football throughout the 90 minutes; never taking the foot off the gas. The German side produced a humiliating performance riddled with defensive errors and their mistakes were brutally exploited by Chelsea’s desire, sharpness and invention.
2′ John Terry
A Cesc Fabregas set piece saw Terry rise above Schalke captain Howedes and plant a stunning header into the top right. John Terry’s header after 90 seconds is Chelsea’s fastest Champions League goal, beating Didier Drogba’s 170-second effort against Valencia in December 2011.
A brilliant passing move involving Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Willian set the latter free to smash a low shot underneath Fahrmann. A right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. The Belgian magician was the one to assist. The Brazilian had scored eight Champions League goals for Shakhtar Donetsk – but this was his first in the competition for Chelsea.
44′ Jan Kirchhoff (OG)
An absurd own goal as Jan Kirchhoff was all alone, unchallenged in the penalty box and headed a Fabregas cross into the top left corner. A torrid 45 minutes for Schalke came to an end with the whistle, but insult was yet to follow injury.
76′ Didier Drogba
Fabregas deep down the right raked a long one forward; Willian to Drogba’s left entered the box and unselfishly teed it up for the Ivorian who casually tapped it into the net. A splendid attack play by the Chelsea legend who scored his 50th European goal. The Ivorian continues his fairy-tale return.
Two minutes after his goal, Drogba turned provider to his fellow sub Ramires as the 36 year old Ivorian unselfishly looped the ball to the far post where the Brazilian jumped to head the ball into an empty net. Ramires’ header meant Chelsea scored five goals away from home in the Champions League for only the second time. The previous occasion was a 5-0 win at Galatasaray in 1999
After Manchester City’s injury time winner against Bayern Munich, Chelsea and PSG are the only teams in Europe who remain unbeaten. The former being the only unbeaten team to score in every game this season.
A proud night for Jose Mourinho as his side demolished Schalke in their own backyard. The Portuguese now has the luxury of being able to shuffle his pack for the final game of the campaign; a home clash with Sporting.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi