21 September, 2018.
Chelsea F.C. has surely gotten off to one of their very best starts to a season as they yesterday notched up their sixth consecutive victory when they started their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 triumph over PAOK away from home.
Interestingly when the winning goal was scored as early as in the 7th minute of the game by Willian, hardly did anyone know that it was going to be the only goal of the match.
This is Willian’s fourth goal in his last five European matches and it resulted from a surging run from Ross Barkley, who provided the much needed assist.
Chelsea have through this win secured three very vital away points in what could be the toughest of their away trips in Group L.
The goals for Chelsea could and should have be more than just one but for their wastefulness in front of goal, with chief culprit as usual, being Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea had achieved their aim of imposing themselves quickly on the opponents with the early goal and were able to dominate the game but then demonstrated an uncanny inability to convert the chances they created.
It was more or less an avalanche of misses as apart from the chief culprit, Morata, Pedro followed by Marcus Alonso and then Antonio Rudiger in that order, spurned chances that came their way in the very first hour of the game.
There was time for Cesc Fabregas to make a welcome return from a knee injury midway through the second half and later on, Olivier Giroud was brought in from the bench as it became clear that Morata was not about to end his wastage in front of goal any time soon.
The other positive from this game for Chelsea apart from securing three vital points, came in form of Barkley’s display on the night.
It was quite heart-warming to see the 24-year-old show nice touches throughout, link the play well and provide a fine assist for Willian – just the kind of creativity Southgate’s Three Lions have been missing for sometime now.
Up next for Chelsea is an away match in a London derby against West Nam on Sunday in the British Premier League.