Chelsea vs Lille
Chelsea played host to Lille on Tuesday evening in what was their final Champions League group stage clash of the season.
The Blues started the day sat 3rd in their CL group.
Despite this, Frank Lampard’s side were still able to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a victory over the French outfit.
As for Lille, they began the day dead bottom of Group H with absolutely no chance of qualifying.
Prior to facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Lille had amassed just one point from their previous five Champions League ties.
Given a Chelsea victory on Tuesday was of paramount importance, it isn’t too surprising to see they put out a strong eleven.
Chelsea were without Fikayo Tomori due to the defender having a hip issue.
Olivier Giroud was also out of the squad due to injury but given the Frenchman’s reduced role this season, that wasn’t too much of a blow for the London outfit.
But Chelsea were given one boost on Tuesday as Antonio Rudiger was handed his first start since suffering an injury vs Wolves in September.
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As for Lille, they rested a few key players to take on Chelsea such as Victor Osimhen.
Subs: Leo César, Fonte, Osimhen, Ikoné, Bamba, Renato Sanches, Bradarić. pic.twitter.com/9jkityVucN
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Given Chelsea were at home and had a much stronger eleven out, it wasn’t too surprising to see the Premier League outfit start the tie on the front foot.
Chelsea’s first decent chance of the evening fell to Christian Pulisic who placed his effort wide.
Emerson then forced a solid save from the Lille keeper with 15 minutes on the clock.
But while Chelsea had a smattering of chances in the opening exchanges, Lille were set up well and Lampard’s side struggled to carve out any huge opportunities.
However, Lille’s resistance was eventually broken by Tammy Abraham with 18 minutes played.
A big, big goal for Chelsea!
Tammy Abraham makes no mistake to set the Blues on their way… pic.twitter.com/v78SYFQ5Cv
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Chelsea continued to dominate after the opening goal and eventually doubled their lead 34 minutes in through Cesar Azpilicueta who headed home from an Emerson corner.
The first 45 drew to a close with Lille unable to muster up a single effort on target.
Chelsea into last 16
Chelsea came out after the interval firing on all cylinders with Willian and Pulisic both registering shots on target inside a minute of the second half kicking off.
The Blues continued to enjoy their fair share of possession for the remainder of the second 45. But Lille would pull one back 78 minutes in with their first effort on target.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi probably should have restored Chelsea’s two-goal lead with the Belgian missing a few decent chances.
But despite the late pressure from Lille and a couple of misses from Batshuayi, Chelsea managed to see out the rest of the tie without conceding another goal.
And after Liverpool secured their spot in the Champions League last 16 earlier on Tuesday with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over RB Salzburg, Chelsea’s victory over Lille ensured all four English sides will progress to the knockout stages.
Tottenham and Manchester City who play their final group games on Wednesday were already into the next round before this week’s CL action began.