Chelsea may be able to look forward to the quarter-finals after a 2-0 win against Lille in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Despite the fact that Thomas Tuchel’s team never had to push into top gear, they were good value for their victory.
The Blues got off to a strong start, creating three chances in the first eight minutes, all of which Kai Havertz converted. He missed a terrific chance to convert a Cesar Azpilicueta cross, forced a save with his second attempt, then finally headed into the net with his third attempt in the eighth minute.
They appeared to be on their way to overwhelming the French champs, who have had a difficult season thus far, and they could have been out of sight before halftime. It wasn’t meant to be, however.
Lille responded brilliantly and pressed their opponents, demonstrating that they would not be rolled over by their opponents. Despite Renato Sanches’ excellent performance, they were unable to score.
Chelsea’s second goal came shortly after the hour mark, and it was only made possible by N’Golo Kante’s excellent break, which allowed Christian Pulisic to score in space.
Following that, the Blues were in complete command and were able to carry the game through to a comfortable victory.