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5 highlights Chelsea 2-0 Lille: Tuchel’s scream

23 Feb 2022 | 06:53 | Football

 Chelsea beat Lille 2-0 to place one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Here are five highlights from the match at Stamford Bridge.

Coach Tuchel talks about Lukaku

Kai Havertz – Player of the big games

When Romelu Lukaku was disappointing, all eyes were on Havertz. And he once again became the hero of Chelsea.
5 highlights Chelsea 2-0 Lille: Player of the big matches - Football

 Havertz shines at the right moment.

In fact, the Germany international could have had three goals in eight minutes – first by kicking the ball out of the face-to-face position, then by forcing Lille goalkeeper Leonardo Jardim to make a superb save. But then Havertz also scored with a precise header from the corner. His contribution to the overall play is also far more impressive than Lukaku’s seven-touch display against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Kante’s class

The midfield fight is truly remarkable. This is where Renato Sanches had a fantastic game, constantly frustrating Chelsea throughout the game.

This is also the time when the Blues need N’Golo Kante at his best, in the context that the midfielder has been struggling with fitness and form recently. And they did not disappoint. Kante left an impression with an unbelievable assist for Christian Pulisic to score. The French star played prominently in the midfield, and showed the image of a star who made a big contribution to helping the team win the Champions League last season.

Tuchel’s Scream

 

A major weakness in Chelsea’s play continues to lie at left-back, where Marcos Alonso has struggled in battles with Renato Sanches and Jonathan Bamba. Alonso was defeated on a number of occasions and needed a lot of support from Thiago Silva. Cesar Azplicposa can still create a threat from the right but Alonso’s impact on attack is meager. 
5 highlights Chelsea 2-0 Lille: Player of the big matches - Football

 Coach Tuchel had to yell at Alonso in the first half.

It can be seen that the absences of Reece James and Ben Chilwell have left Chelsea short at full-back in recent weeks, and manager Thomas Tuchel has also switched to four defenders in a number of previous games.

Looking at Alonso’s performance, Blues fans will have to worry a lot if he has to face Mohamed Salah in the League Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday.

Silva – The older the ginger, the spicier it gets

Some things get better with age and you can rank Thiago Silva among them. He once again got the perfect performance.

Although the Brazilian is 37 years old, he shows that is not the problem. Silva could even be at his best for a few more years. His reading of the game, his sense of space are excellent and Silva is always in the right place at the right time, making everything look so simple.

Tuchel has a headache due to injury

As Sunday’s League Cup final against Liverpool drew near, Thomas Tuchel must have prayed for his players to get through the game against Lille unscathed. Therefore, the fact that Mateo Kovacic limped down the tunnel was a concern, and the subsequent injury to Hakim Ziyech was a nightmare for the German coach. Remember, Kovacic and Ziyech are two of the Blues’ best performers this season.

More positive news, Mason Mount’s return to the bench will give Tuchel a few more options.