WATCHING Chelsea versus Rennes tonight was a bit like travelling again in time a yr to final season – it was very a lot typical Chelsea underneath Frank Lampard.
Chelsea had been main 1-0 all through nearly all of the sport and had been largely in management, albeit a couple of moments the place Rennes had been trying a risk.
Olivier Giroud was the matchwinner for Chelsea as they reached the last-16Credit score: EPA
However it was a kind of events that Blues followers grew used to watching final season.
Chelsea simply didn’t ever have a robust sufficient maintain on the sport to make you’re feeling like they might maintain on for all three factors.
They missed possibilities early on and it all the time had a really feel that Rennes would equalise, which they did contained in the final ten minutes.
However this was totally different to final season. Simply while you thought it was over and Chelsea had drawn the match – up pops Olivier Giroud with a late winner.
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That is the kind of profitable mentality and confidence that this group of gamers has this season, a serious distinction from final season.
Lots of Lampard’s gamers regarded fatigued and it actually confirmed with a few of them, like Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell lacking their first touches, making foolish errors.
Werner even missed an actual sitter early on within the sport.
However Chelsea have one thing else that they didn’t have final season – wonderful squad depth, with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Cesar Azpilicueta got here into the beginning line-up.
Each had wonderful performances, proving the energy in depth now at Lampard’s disposal.
Frank Lampard’s facet bought the job finished – simplyCredit score: Reuters
Then on the finish after they thought all was misplaced, Giroud was thrown on by Lampard to win the sport, and that’s precisely what he did.
The Blues by no means gave up, even when Rennes equalised late on. Chelsea went again up the opposite finish of the pitch and tried to attain, they even got here shut with Hakim Ziyech.
That is the kind of mentality that was usually lacking final season, and this was with a Chelsea squad who had been fatigued and never at their finest.
Rennes are a great facet, and so they made it actually robust for Lampard and the gamers.
However to go away within the Champions League – with a set of gamers who had been clearly drained – and return with all three factors is an actual sense of accomplishment and exhibits an enormous distinction from a yr in the past.