A great night for the Blues as they walked all over Sporting with ease. Chelsea’s job was already done and the Blue’s denied Sporting Lisbon a place in the last 16.
The defeat at Newcastle certainly gave the Blues the required edge;It was important to get the winning momentum back again. 6 changes were made from the side that played Newcastle and the regularly benched players certainly had a lot to prove to their manager. Fabregas gave Chelsea the required lead followed by Schurrle who was quick and imposing throughout the game.
Silva did give Sporting a lifeline but the home side’s two-goal advantage was restored by John Obi Mikel. The Blues were the third team to qualify undefeated in the group stage with Real Madrid and Porto.
8′ Cesc Fabregas
Felipe Luis was brought down by Esgaio inside the box; A clumsy challenge. Fabregas took the responsibility from the spot; The Spaniard stroked it down the middle after waiting for the keeper to move.
16′ Andre Schurrle
A great combination between Matic, Luis and Fabregas. The Serbian found Schurrle after bursting forward and the German smashed a low shot past Patricio straight to the bottom left corner from about 20 yards. First goal for the German since the visit to Manchester City in the Premier League.
50′ Jonathan Silva
An unmarked Silva took the ball on his chest and volleyed it into the bottom corner from about 10 yards after Chelsea failed to clear Carrillo’s cross. A tidy finish from the Argentine.
56′ John Obi Mikel
Fabregas was in charge of a free kick high up the left wing. Cahill flicked on the Spaniard’s ball and Mikel was waiting at the back post unmarked and tucked it in from all about a yard.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his debut after coming on in the 84th minute; The 18-year-old looked confident and took responsibility on the pitch until the final whistle. Andre Schurrle certainly stated his case with his personal performance giving Mourinho a lot more to think about. For Jose Mourinho serious Champions League business would start in February until then the Blues have to regain their winning habit in the Premier League. Hull City visit the bridge this weekend and with Cesc Fabregas suspended it will be interesting to see who takes up his place.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt