PSG were good in spurts, and Neymar has willed the team back even, but Parisian fans will not be impressed that the team is essentially even on the run of play with Strasbourg. It has been a good effort but Lampard will know as well as anyone that there are faults which must be addressed before the tournament resumes with the knockout phase in February. Lampard will be well aware this is a weak link that will be ruthlessly probed if Chelsea are to drive deeper into this competition. It compounded the sense of unease surrounding the striker’s status at Stamford Bridge and he started this tie on the bench, when this was presumably the sort of occasion he was bought for when Chelsea parted with that amount to Inter Milan. Hatem Ben Arfa (Lille) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Attempt blocked. Hatem Ben Arfa (Lille) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Lille).
Monaco: Nübel; Aguilar, Disasi, Badiashile; G.Martins, J.Lucas, Fofana, Caio Henrique; Volland, Ben Yedder (cap.), Golovin. Chelsea regrouped, struck gold with a crucial win away against Ajax and then earned another vital point coming from 4-1 down in the return game against last season’s semi-finalists at Stamford Bridge. The German should have opened his account in the opening moments when he turned Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross over the top from only six yards and then forced Jardim into a fine save. Lampard and Chelsea deserve great credit for navigating their way out of a dangerous Group H – especially as the Champions League campaign opened with a home defeat by Valencia. There was no better illustration of what Kante brings to Chelsea than the surging run and perfect pass to Pulisic, that allowed the forward to lift a finish over the onrushing Lille keeper Leo Jardim for a second goal that may yet prove decisive in pursuit of a place in the last eight. But there was plenty to be satisfied about as Chelsea look to retain the crown they won against Manchester City in Porto last June. Abraham’s physical presence is imposing but his mobility is also impressive and as he proved in loan spells at Bristol City and Villa, he deals heavily in the most valuable currency of all – goals.
This was a very satisfactory night for Chelsea and their manager, but the conundrum surrounding Lukaku will not go away until the striker, who has had an unsettled season so far, starts producing. Loic Remy became the seventh player to score for and against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, after Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres, Diego Costa, Michael Ballack, David Luiz and Willian. Football fans can read breaking Football news headlines, interviews, expert commentary and watch replays. Football Daily: Liverpool, Chelsea – Job done! Havertz stepped into the breach as Chelsea’s attacking spearhead and the languid 22-year-old did the job by giving a perfectly rounded performance, as well as setting them on their way with that early header. The Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS identifies and addresses public policy issues at all levels of government, promotes governmental effectiveness, fosters leadership development, engages in citizen education, and contributes to the dialogue on matters of significant public concern. Lille, with nothing but pride to play for and with a much-changed team, barely threatened until Remy’s late strike but Chelsea saw out the win to complete the first phase of their Champions League assignment. He scored just once in his first 46 appearances in the competition.
But Havertz made sure he was on the end of Ziyech’s resulting corner with a downward header and the man who scored the winner in last season’s final proved to be Chelsea’s Champions League talisman once more. Lukaku’s chance may come against Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday, but Tuchel went here with the more complete game and goal threat of Havertz – and felt the benefit as Chelsea are now in pole position to reach the quarter-finals. Chelsea are full of flair and excitement going forward, led by the free-scoring Abraham, but vulnerable at the back, as proved by those four goals conceded at home to Ajax and the number of chances conceded before drawing 2-2 in Valencia. Abraham scored his 13th goal of the season after 19 minutes when he turned in Willian’s cross from close range while Azpilicueta headed in from Emerson’s corner 10 minutes before the break. Attempt missed. Gabriel Gudmundsson (Lille) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner. Attempt missed. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.