Updated: Apr 3
Chelsea continue to respond to their off-field drama by racking up the wins on the pitch.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
The Champions of Europe travelled to France despite yet even more chaos following the club. Prior to kick off, it was announced that if the Blues get through there is a chance that the Champions League games will be played behind closed doors due to their current sanctions.
Even with a two-goal deficit from the first leg, the French supporters were trying their best to get an atmosphere going at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to cause a potential upset on Wednesday evening.
33 minutes into the game Chelsea lost Andreas Christensen to injury, with his replacement Trevoh Chalobah later giving away a free-kick that eventually led to a Lille penalty. Burak Yilmaz converted the spot-kick and it looked as if it could’ve been a nervous night in northern France.
However, right on the stroke of half-time, Christian Pulisic settled the Blues down with a cool finish to form a 3-1 aggregate lead. The second half was easier and after a great cross from Mason Mount, César Azpilicueta wrapped up the tie and moved Chelsea into the last eight of the Champions League.
(credit | BT Sport).
It’s Real Madrid up next for Chelsea in the Champions League after the draw on Friday. If they get through this, it will Manchester City or Atlético Madrid in the semi-final.
The Championship side have already knocked out Manchester United and Spurs in this year’s competition and although the Blues were only allowed 600 supporters, they still headed north with confidence of making the final four.
This was another professional performance by Chelsea who they didn’t have to wait long before Romelu Lukaku had given them the lead. It was doubled after 31 minutes when Hakim Ziyech struck from distance – giving the Blues an excellent chance of progressing.
The game management from Chelsea was superb as they saw the match out to make it to yet another semi-final.
(credit | BBC Sport).
Thomas Tuchel’s side will now face Crystal Palace at Wembley on April 16th or 17th, with details to be confirmed in due course.