Despite winning two trophies already this season, it was heartbreak under the arch for Chelsea who lost following a tough penalty shoot-out defeat.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Comfortable Against Lille:
Chelsea were back in Champions League action with a last 16 tie home tie against the French Champions, Lille. The French Champions have been struggling this year, so the Stamford Bridge faithful were confident as they filled the ground to watch their team under the lights.
The hosts came flying out the blocks and should have been ahead before Kai Havertz rose highest on the eighth minute to give the Blues the lead. From here, Chelsea stayed in control of the game but had to wait until the 63rdminute when Christian Pulisic made the game safe.
The only downside to this game were the injuries suffered by Mateo Kovačić and Hakim Ziyech just days before the Cup Final. Fortunately, Kovačić was fit to play Liverpool whilst Ziyech missed out.
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A Tough Shoot-Out Defeat:
The first domestic silverware was played at Wembley between the two sides that are currently sat second and third in the Premier League. As both games this season had finished all square, a tight game was expected, and this is exactly what was got.
Unfortunately, the officials were once again in the spotlight with four goals disallowed by VAR and a reckless challenge by Naby Keïta unpunished. The game was cagey and went to a penalty shoot-out before Thomas Tuchel brought on Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard he was unable to match the heroics of other games and it was the goalkeeper who missed the decisive at 11-10 to Liverpool, resulting in the trophy heading north.
(credit | Sky Sports Football).
A midweek trip to Luton is next up in the FA Cup.
The last time we played the Championship side Frank Lampard was sacked the following day despite a 3-1 win in which Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick and Mason Mount was given the captain’s armband.
The last time the European Champions made the trip to Luton was the 28/12/91, where they were beaten 2-0.
The overall record against the Hatters isn’t spectacular, with Chelsea winning just 18 of the 44 games.
A Trip to the North:
Next up is a trip to up North to take on relegation threatened Burnley. This has proved to be a nightmare trip on more than one occasion for Chelsea, as they have only won 13 of the 46 games that have played the Clarets in the league.
With both teams needing the points for very different reasons, three points are a must for Chelsea.