Strikers in each half from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic won the Chelsea defense champions a 2-0 first-leg victory over Lille in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday (February 22), but the London team will be concerned about injuries to major actors. . Germany forward Havertz, who had two tries on the pitch early in the game, went to a corner by Hakim Ziyech in the eighth minute and the ball bounced high from the grass into the net.
Chelsea dropped struggling striker Romelu Lukaku on the bench and American Pulisic scored the second in the 63rd minute with a curling finish after N’Golo Kante’s fast and pinpoint pass. The action is in frenetic moments as Ligue 1 champions seek something out of the game into the second leg at home on March 16.
“They played good football and the first half was very difficult for us. Now it is half and the next game we have to win well, ”Havertz told BT Sport.
The French side, who beat their qualifying rivals before Salzburg, VfL Wolfsburg and Sevilla, kept Chelsea busy working forward with buzzing runs from Renato Sanches, Benjamin Andre and Jonathan Bamba. But attempts from the trio and from Canadian footballer Jonathan David were either blocked, usually by defensive tackle Thiago Silva, or easily won by Edouard Mendy in Chelsea’s gold.
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Chelsea, who face Liverpool in the Premier League final on Sunday, may be satisfied with their two-goal lead on foot but they will be concerned about the fitness of senior midfielder Matthew Kovacic and Ziyech’s form. ni kutukutu ni kutukutu. second half.
Thomas Tuchel’s team is on the verge of losing games with matches this month played or organized in five tournaments. They won the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi 10 days ago and injured Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi won the tournament around Stamford Bridge before kick-off.
They also won games in the FA Cup and Premier League before Tuesday’s game and the weekend at Wembley. “We don’t make the best football,” Havertz said. “We could not accept the anger of the last few weeks but we won 2-0 and that is very important. Sunday is another competition and we have to face that now. ”
(with Reuters inputs)