Wednesday saw a formidable and compact Blues team that traveled to Spain to face Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the aftermath of a barren draw to Tottenham on Sunday, with nine starters in the draw dropped to the bench to face the 5th-placed team on the La Liga log.
It took just few minutes into the tie for what was initially considered to be a tightly contested duel to start showing glimpse of ‘a stroll in the park’ for the Blues as Olivier Giroud calmly curled Havertz perfect-timed pass into the far corner, setting the Blues up for what blossomed into a memorable night.
With a goal advantage at hand, the Blues continued their impressive start to the match and could have themselves two or three goals up before the break as they maintained a strong finish to the first-half.
The second-half saw a resurgent Blues with absolute confidence going forward as they added a second with just few minutes into the second-half.
The introduction of fresh legs in the second-half paid off with Chelsea escalating its dominance against a hapless Sevilla team with little or no spirit left.
A Long ball from goalkeeper Edouard Mendy eventually found Kante with enough yards to sprint before delivering a sublime cross to Olivier Giroud almost never misses with his head, as the Blues turned two into three en route a remarkable away victory in Spain.
The West Londoners never got tired as they continued to dominate the Europa League Champions in an embarrassing fashion for the Spaniards, given their impressive record against English opponents in competitive European football.
With the game gradually drawing to an end, Chelsea could have easily found themselves five or six up if they were to be more clinical in front of goal, but still managed to win a penalty through a foul on Olivier Giroud who stepped up to clinically dispatch it for his fourth of the night, as Chelsea ensured a top of the table finish.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard would surely be delighted with his lads unprecedented level of dominance against a side greatly fancied to finish ahead of the Blues after opening matchday draw at Stamford Bridge.
Fans of the Blue outfit would also be in a joyous mood to see their beloved side completely dominating a Spanish opponent away from home in the Champions League.
One observation worthy of pointing out was how the Blues made their Spanish counterparts seem ordinary and lacking cohesion throughout the game with the Spaniards struggling to create chances and even organize their defense line as Chelsea had a free day at the Sevilla back.
Truth be told, with a more clinical Blues squad on the pitch at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, it perhaps would have been one of the darkest moments in the clubs history as Chelsea looked like they could score any minute.
Though Frank Lampard has maintained in the past that his squad is still in the development stage, perhaps the Blues are becoming ready to challenge European heavyweights for Europe’s most-coveted club trophy this term following a bounce of stunning results since the return of injured key squad members and summer signings.
The Blues have not lost a league match since falling at the hands of champions Liverpool this season and have secured the top spot in Group E following Sevilla bashing, perhaps its time to start considering Chelsea a force to reckon with this season, as fortunes seem to be falling in line for Frank Lampard and his lads as they eye a trophy-laden season, with the 42-year-old knowing a drought this season may significantly cost him his job.
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