retro The Mastiff had twice of the smallest gaps against the Blues in 2019.
When we find ourselves… Lille vs Chelsea, it’s not a European classic. But the two clubs, who will battle it out on Tuesday (9pm) in the first leg of the C1 round of 16 and on March 16, in the second leg, clashed during the 2019-20 season in the group stage. Not a good memory for the Mastiffs, who were twice defeated 2-1 by the Blues and who died last in their group that year, by a small point on the clock. Frank Lampard’s men were second (11 points) and thus hit their ticket to the Cup Round of 16 with big ears.
Since then, the two teams have changed a lot, especially Lille, who left Victor Osimhen, Jonathan Ikone, Bockari Somare and Mike Minan among the players who started the first leg on October 2, 2019, on Pierre-Moroy turf. “A lot… really! We changed the boss, coach and players… It’s almost a new lossJosé Fonte, the captain of the day and who was already there that year, notes. Ajax (3-0) crushed them on the first day, Christoph Gatler’s men surrendered again to Chelsea (1-2). Lille quickly choked with pressure and mastered London 3-4- 3, and not long after penalizing Tammy Abraham (0-1, 22).The opening game that nonetheless had the advantage of waking the mastiff, frantically behind her, but more daring with the ball and which their inevitable Osimhm equalized, on a corner kick (1-1 , 33).Short-term improvement, Chelsea resumed their march forward after the break.They were saved by their position with a kick from Jorginho just before the break (45+2),the Mastiff, fast and aggressively on a physical level, could no longer see the ball and fell dangerously low. Even this audacious blow from Willian (1-2, 77).
On December 10, 2019, on behalf of Day Six, the two teams met at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea sought to validate their ticket to the final stage while Lusk had already been eliminated and even ensured a finish at the Red Lantern Center. Galtier left several CEOs on the bench (Osimhen, Ikoné, Bamba, Fonte, Sanches) and … there was no miracle, with another setback in the switch (2-1). Indeed, there was no picture, even if Loc Rémy, the top scorer in the 78th minute, got the ball 2-2 in injury time. The Mastiff suffered a lot against the excited and dynamic Blues. Lampard’s players stepped forward, taking their opponents by the throat and making the difference through Abraham (1-0, 19) and Cesar Azpilicueta (2-0, 35) after a shovel of chances. Chelsea were generally successful in the second half, eventually trying to win by Michy Batshuayi (88th, 89th). The London club finished behind Valencia but ahead of Ajax and thus Lusk, who will try to do better this time. “We did better this year than in 2019Fonte says. And to add:We are pleased with this progress. We come here to fight, to do everything and to give something important to our supporters.»
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