The Blues had their very first UEFA Champions League win against Lille OSC under Frank Lampard on Wednesday. They beat the French squad 2-1.
Chelsea edged The Ligue 1 side after a brilliant late strike from Willian, giving them the very important three points in Group H and allowed them to stay in contention. The Blues currently sits on third place with three points behind Valencia who defeated them in the opening round. Ajax Amsterdam leads the pack with six points.
Tammy Abraham broke the ice in the first half, but Lille’s Victor Osimhen evened the score before both team heads to the dugout. Fikayo Tomori’s long cross allowed Abraham to beat the offside trap and gave him his first Champions League goal on his 22nd birthday. However, Lille are not going taking the game easily as they almost scored in the counter-attack. Luis Araujo led the sharp attack almost succeeded. Two corners later, Osimhen put the ball home with a power header 33 minutes into the game.
Going into the second half, the game went head to head as Chelsea’s netminder Kepa Arrizabalaga managed to save a header from Benjamin Andre. And as the game progress, the French side seemed to run out of steam and allowed the Premier League squad to score.
The Brazilian midfielder volleyed the ball home with just 12 minutes left in the game. This is Willian’s 300th game for Chelsea. He was earlier linked to Barcelona and the Brazilian was open to admit that he does not want to extend his contract with Chelsea.
After the game, Lampard said that this game was a very important fixture. He added that his squad had a long way to go.
“Having lost against Valencia, it made this a more important game. This is such a tough place,” the Chelsea boss said. “They were quick on the counter-attack and our performance was really good.
Callum Hudson-Odoi also gave the Blues more depth and penetration after his gradual return from injury. He was likewise instrumental in the setting up of the winning goal.