- Chelsea beat Lille thanks to goals from Pulisic and Azpilicueta and now they will have to think about how they play the FA Cup match against Boro on Saturday
- Tuchel acknowledged that the club cannot pay for the plane trip to Middlesbrough and both Azpilicueta and Havertz offered to pay for the trip
Chelsea, current champion of the Champions League, was able to overcome the non-sporting problems that surround the club after the sanction of the British Government to its owner, the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, and sealed his ticket for the quarterfinals by winning (1-2) in France to a Lille whom they already defeated 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
The French champion missed Renato Sanches, injured last Friday against Saint-Étienne, and could not sneak in for the first time in its history among the eight best teams on the old continent. For his part, the ‘blues’ jumped to Pierre-Mauroy without Lukaku, substitute again, and with a trivote formed by Kanté, Jorginho and Kovacic, Tuchel dispensing with an attacker and thus reinforcing his wide zone.
Something that, except for a timid warning from Burak Yilmaz in the 6th minute, meant that Chelsea had the game totally under control until half an hour into the game, a penalty by Jorginho’s hand that Yilmaz masterfully converted filled hope to the ‘dogs’. A maximum penalty that the Italian Davide Massa pointed out at the request of the VAR and that was preceded by a foul by Chalobah, who had entered moments before replacing a limping Christensen.
The joy did not last long for Lille and the local fans, who saw how with the regulation time of the first act already completed, Jorginho leaked a delicious pass that Pulisic took advantage of to return the tables to the scoreboard. After passing through the changing rooms, Tuchel used Mount and it was precisely the Portsmouth midfielder who, after Xeka came close to making it 2-1 by heading in a great cross from Yilmaz to the post, assisted Azpilicueta in the final 1-2.
Odyssey to Middlesbrough
Already as a quarter-finalist in the Champions League, Chelsea will now have to think about how they play the FA Cup match against Boro on Saturday (6:15 p.m.). Tuchel acknowledged that the club cannot afford the plane trip to Middlesbrough and both Azpilicueta and Havertz offered to pay for the trip.