Chelsea were comfortable winners last night at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, condemning their Spanish opponents to one of their worst European defeats in recent history with a 0-4 hammering to secure top of the group.
The Blues were tipped to struggle in finding spaces in the Sevilla back line on Wednesday night, given the Spaniards impressive outings in recent years against English opponents, but the Blues proved pundits and critics wrong in astonishing fashion, as they travel back to West London with maximum points and a clean sheet.
Hence, we’ll take a look at key observations worthy of highlighting in Chelsea whitewash of Sevilla.
The Blues were solid at the back
Truth be told, Chelsea never looked liked conceding throughout the game, vindicating attack as the best form of defense.
Attacking threats from the Spaniards were neutralized almost effortlessly on a number of occasions, with the Blues seeming to have found the years-lacked compactness at the back witnessed largely during legendary captain, John Terry’s days at the heart of Blues defense.
A completely dominant Chelsea
This is special as fans of the West Londoners don’t get to see their beloved team in such a dominant fashion against a Sevilla side with a reputation of hurting English opponents especially on big occasions.
The Blues dictated the tempo of the game from start to finish, looking as resolute like never seen before and was just a matter of minutes before they were rewarded with a first goal.
The Blues looked like they could score any moment
This is indeed a perfect description of how the Blues were going forward, as direct and goal-driven as possible with the exploits of Christian Pulisic at the left flank, Hudson-Odoi at the right and man of the match Olivier Giroud at the center.
Even while leading comfortably with minutes to go, they kept and eventually won themselves a late penalty which Giroud clinically converted for his fourth.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was on a holiday at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
The Senegalese was untroubled all through as the Blue defense where enough to halt attacking threats without calling the number one to action for most of the game.
The 28-year-old now boasts four clean sheets in the Champions League this season and nine overall as Chelsea number one.
Incredible Giroud showed quality like never seen before
The Frenchman was the hero of the night for Blues fans with four goals bagged last night and showing Chelsea boss Frank Lampard a glimpse of what he’ll be missing if eventually he leaves the club.
The 34-year-old had just few chances throughout the game and was clinical enough to dispatch, with his hatrick coming from a perfectly headed cross from N’Golo Kante.
The Frenchman was also last week injury time hero at Rennes and perhaps should now be considered ahead of Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.