Malmo 1 vs. 2 Chelsea Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg Review

First away win and first away goals of 2019!

When the lineup was released for the game Chelsea fans all over the world cried out that Sarri was digging a hole for himself. Kepa started alongside Azpi, Luiz, Christensen, and Emerson at the back, this selection came as no surprise. Jorginho, Kovacic, and Barkley started in the midfield although I would have liked to see Ampadu start. Up front came out as the biggest shock as Willian, Giroud, and Pedro started up front with Hazard, Higuain and CHO on the bench. The biggest disappointment came as CHO did not start. Malmo had the better first half but Chelsea controlled possession and Barkley scored the opener in the 30th minute. Giroud then scored in the second half to double the lead. Hazard, Kante, and CHO were brought on although the inclusion of Hazard and Kante was not necessary. Chelsea had two away goals but silly play led to Malmo scoring in the 80th minute and them now being able to take that to the Bridge. 

Chelsea now head to Monday with an FA Cup game against United. This game was far from great but the players got the job done and for now that is all we can ask. Barkley and Kovacic performed well with Christensen again showing that he should get more starts in the Premier League. On wards and upwards as we look to finish off this tie in the 2nd leg. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

 

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