Not the greatest of games but we got the job done.
Chelsea made it difficult for themselves as they grabbed a late winner to make it two out of two wins in the Europa League. Sarri made 8 changes to the lineup as only Kepa, Kovacic, and Willian kept their places from the game against Liverpool. Loftus Cheek did start but Ampadu was left on the bench and Hudson-Odoi was not even selected for the matchday squad. Chelsea dominated the game and could have made it five or six nil in the first half but Morata missed a brilliant chance and Mol Vidi defender Juhasz made several blocks to keep the score level. It was turning out to be a frustrating night for Morata but he worked hard and finally got his goal in the 70th minute after smashing in a Willian headed pass. Vidi were a constant threat on the counter during the game and Kepa was forced into some brilliant saves in the latter stages of the second half to make sure that Chelsea got the three points.
Chelsea seem to be finding the Europa League group stage hard as most teams are weaker than Chelsea and will prefer to sit back and defend as opposed to attacking and opening themselves up. While it is frustrating that teams set up like that it is good practice for Chelsea. Another concern that remains is the lack of goal contribution from Willian, and Pedro along with Giroud, Barkley, Kovacic. These guys need to start adding goals to their game because Hazard cannot win the game for Chelsea every single time. Kepa was brilliant in goal, Zappacosta was poor while Cahill, Christensen, and Emerson had decent games. Fabregas was great once again, Kovacic was good but he needs to improve on his shooting, and Loftus Cheek was good as well although he needs to work on his end product. Willian seems to be stealing a living at Chelsea, while Pedro made his first appearance back from injury and looked a bit slow. Morata was Morata for much of the game as he missed a clear chance and was unlucky to not score, but he stayed focused and his celebration showed how relieved he was. Hazard was brilliant off the bench but we should not be bringing him on for these types of games, Barkley was decent but again needs to work on his finishing, and Moses made little impact.
Chelsea make it six points with double header against Bate to come following the International break. For now all eyes turn to Southampton and keeping pace with Liverpool and Man City. COME ON CHELSEA!!!