Chelsea Just Squeeze Through!
By Gary Watton
May 10 2019
Well that was quite a little night, wasn't it? Whilst Arsenic surprisingly sailed through in Valencia, Sarri's misfiring team laboured for two hours with one goal, and were close to conceding a killer second against their dangerous Frankfurt opponents. In the end, with the clock ticking close towards eleven in the evening, young Kepa proved to be the hero of the two hours when he followed up a number of important saves with two crucial stops at the end of the penalty shootout, one which was a bit odd followed by a more conventional save. The penalty kicks (our third in the last few months) was a virtual replica of the drama in Munich from May 2012, with Chelsea missing an early penalty and then somehow retrieving the situation when three-two behind after three kicks each. The moral of the story, once again, is that if you want to avoid the awful lottery of a penalty shootout, then it's best to score more goals in the 120 minutes that you have to win the match. Chelsea for the umpteenth time are goal shy in such situations, in stark contrast to the goalscoring heroics of the other three successful English clubs from recent nights. It's all very well hoping that a resolute defence and goalkeeper will bail you out, but our struggles in front of goal, or more particularly the evident lack of creativity, could prove to be our undoing in Baku at the end of May against Arsenil Wannabes.
CHELSEA 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 after extra time (CHELSEA win four-three in penalty shootout); half time: 1-0
CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga; Christensen; Azpilicueta; Luiz; Emerson; Jorginho; Kovacic; Loftus-Cheek; Hazard; Giroud; Willian. Used substitutes: Pedro; Zappacosta; Barkley; Higuain
CHELSEA goal scorer: Loftus-Cheek
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