Champions League: Chelsea slaps Milan (3-0) and revives

Chelsea impressed. This Wednesday evening the Blues largely beat Milan (3-0), in the third day of the group stage of the Champions League. At Stamford Bridge, injured Wesley Fofana (24th), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (56th) and Reece James (62nd) delighted their fans. In the Group E standings, Graham Potter’s men went from last to second place, with four points on the clock, like the Rossoneri, third.

He experienced all the emotions. Wesley Fofana scored his first goal in the most prestigious of competitions. The French defender doesn’t tremble when he hits with his right foot and deceives Ciprian Tatarusanu (24th, 1-0). The Milan goalkeeper, however, was the author of a first decisive intervention on the head of Thiago Silva, on this same action. Shortly before the Brazilian defender had already asked the Romanian goalkeeper, with a first header from a corner (23rd). As for Fofana, he did not have time to appreciate this moment more, as he then had to leave prematurely, visibly hit in the right knee (38 °).

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James doubly decisive

That didn’t stop his partners from continuing to push. Many of them, like him, have been able to stand out. Like for example Reece James. At the age of 22 years and 301 days, the winger became the youngest Chelsea player to score and assist in the same Champions League game. His perfect center, from his right, was able to perfectly find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finished at close range, for the break (56th, 2-0). The English international then turned into a scorer, coming to place his shot, from a tight angle, at the near post (62nd, 3-0).

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The intensity and constant pressing of the Blues could also have allowed them to give even more breadth to this already very good score. And it was Mason Mount who even came close to joining the group. After a first dangerous attempt (5th), the midfielder then managed to fool Tatarusanu too, with a lob from the right, from a tight angle. But at the beginning of this action he was offside (33rd).

Milan have been deprived of many players

It was therefore a very complicated evening for Milan, who had only lost one game since the beginning of this season. He was in Serie A. At kick-off Stefano Pioli had to do without at least eight players, like Mike Maignan, Davide Calabria or Theo Hernandez. The French international also missed in the left lane.

The Rossoneri tried to rely on Rafael Leão and his great accelerations. Plus, one of them nearly revived him at best. Shortly before the break, and with AC Milan just a goal behind, the Portuguese international, after breaking through the opposing defense, finds Charles De Ketelaere, who stumbles upon Kepa Arrizabalaga, before Rade Krunic is then countered by Ben Chilwell ( 45 ° + 4). .

Milan have lost a Champions League match by three or more goals for the sixth time in the competition, the first since 11 March 2014, against Atlético de Madrid (1-4). The Milanese will not have time to postpone given that Juventus Turin is waiting for them, this Saturday at 6 pm, for the continuation of Serie A. As for Chelsea, this landmark victory will certainly allow them to regain confidence. Hope to continue this Saturday (16:00), in the Premier League, against Wolves.

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