A timely home win from Graham Potter’s side eases the pressure on the English manager.
Chelsea defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 battle on Tuesday. A narrow win on aggregate was enough to ensure Chelsea’s qualification at Stamford Bridge.
Are the Blues back on track?
Chelsea, who started the game being 1-0 down aggregate, pushed hard for an early goal through balls.
Kai Havertz’s shot bounced off the woodwork before the German scored a disallowed goal in the 38th minute. However, the Blues finally broke through Dortmund’s backline two minutes before the break.
Following a pass from Ben Chilwell, Raheem Sterling latched onto the ball inside the visitors’ box. The England international’s first shot was blocked, but his second attempt found the roof of the net.
Dortmund couldn’t find a chance to restore their aggregate league at the beginning of the second period. Only three minutes after the break, a handball from Marius Wolf convinced the VAR team to award Chelsea a penalty.
Havertz converted the spot-kick with a precise low shot to double Chelsea’s lead. The goal forced Dortmund to push more bodies forward in the last 30 minutes of the game.
The German giants rarely found serious chances from open play despite putting Chelsea under fierce pressure toward the end of the game.
Potter’s decision to bring in the likes of Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek kept the visitors at bay, helping the Blues hold on to their lead.
Let’s see if Chelsea can build on their performances against Leeds and Dortmund when they take on Leicester this weekend.