Chelsea showed the power of the defending Champions League champion when coming back to defeat Lille 2-1 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Lille: Yilmaz (pen 38′)
Chelsea: Pulisic (45’+3), Azpilicueta (71′)
Losing 2 goals in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, the game is not over for Lille. Especially when they are playing at home in the second leg. However, the representative of France must play with 200% of their ability.
Lille entered the game excited and determined. Lille’s quick play caused many difficulties for the Chelsea defense, especially Jonathan David or Gudmundsson. However, Chelsea’s play was slow and steady, although Lille was sometimes dominant, they did not make goalkeeper Mendy difficult.
Chelsea then took the proactiveness to hold the ball and play safely.
In the 37th minute, Lille has a penalty after Jorginho let the ball touch his hand in the penalty area. The Turkish player Yılmaz shoot accurately into the top corner of the goal, although Mendy guessed the right direction but could not stop it.
1-0 for Lille and the total score after 2 matches is 2-1 in favor of Chelsea.
Having a goal, Lille plays better and tries to attack.
However, when Lille was exciting, Chelsea showed their strength at the right time.
45+3, Jorginho redeemed himself with an accurate slot for Pulisic to escape quickly on the left-wing and then finished to the far corner, equalizing 1-1 for Chelsea.
In the second half, Chelsea played decisively and firmly. While Lille still tried to use the speed of David, Bamba as well as Yilmaz‘s experience to threaten Mendy‘s goal.
Unfortunately, Central defender Botman then had to quit due to injury.
63rd minutes, Yilmaz had an accurate pass from the right for Xeka to head comfortably. Unfortunately, the ball hit the post again.
In the 71st minute, Mason Mount accurately passed the ball to Azpilicueta to bring a 2-1 victory for Chelsea.
Winning 4-2 after two matches, Chelsea won tickets to the quarterfinals.
Lille was eliminated, there are no more French representatives in this season’s UEFA Champions League.