Chelsea made the 2,176 journey to the south of Russia to play against Krasnodar, a side created only 12 years ago. The Blues ran away 4-0 victors, however it was a result which suggests the performance was a lot better than it actually was.
Possession – Krasnodar 29% – 71% Chelsea
Shots – Krasnodar 13 – 15 Chelsea
xG – Krasnodar 0.69 – 2.54 Chelsea
On target – Krasnodar 4 – 7 Chelsea
Passes – Krasnodar 274 (71% accuracy rate) – 686 (88% accuracy rate) Chelsea
Man of the Match:
Hakim Ziyech. Looked very sharp from start to finish, and scored a good goal after quick feet in the box and a great finish. Completed 87% of his passes and took 5 shots, the most on the pitch.
Disappointment of the game:
Jorginho and Kovacic. ‘Jovacic’ just weren’t good enough in this game, especially in the first half. Looked a bit sluggish and they both weren’t playing the passes they normally do.
Chelsea looked shaky at times, especially early during the second half when Yuri Gazinskiy hit the bar on the stroke of the 56th minute. Despite this, the Blues were the better side and did deserve to win. All four goals were taken well, and despite a penalty miss early in the first half from Jorginho, Chelsea were still able to win comfortably.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, to the delight of all Chelsea fans, opened the scoring after a neat move from the Blues. Perhaps a bit fortunate to score, after the ball squeezed through the arms of goalkeeper Matvey Safonov. Chelsea’s second came 39 minutes later as Timo Werner converted Chelsea’s second penalty of the game. Werner shot hard down the middle, making it impossible for the 21 year old keeper to save it. In the final 10 minutes, the Blues made sure of the three points, scoring twice. The first came from Hakim Ziyech, a fine finish in the far bottom corner and the second from substitute Christian Pulisic after good work down the right wing from fellow sub Tammy Abraham. Chelsea’s number 10 made no mistake, finishing well near post and guaranteeing the win for the Blues.
Overall, it was a good win for Chelsea and would be happy to take all three points back to Stamford Bridge, and sets the Blues up nicely for Saturday when they go away to Burnley.