LONDON (EFE) – Chelsea went over the weak Malmo with a win (4-0) stained by the toll of the injuries of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, which left the attack of Thomas Tuchel’s lame.
With the goals of Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, twice, and Kai Havertz, the reigning champions of the competition got rid of a Malmo that only lasted ten minutes, but that took Lukaku and Werner ahead.
The poor Swedes landed in Stamford Bridge self-conscious, unable to get past midfield in the first fifteen minutes and with the bad luck that a team like Chelsea, who often find it difficult to see the door, ran into the first goal before the match. minute ten.
It was not a surprise and it is that the ‘Blues’ were overwhelming the Swedes, but it was because of the execution and the protagonists. Center by Thiago Silva, who dressed as César Azpilicueta, and acrobatic shot and volley dive by Andreas Christensen. A goal that practically curtailed the options of Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men, who made a face of circumstances on the bench.
Chelsea was infinitely superior and Malmo could only resort to violence to stop Lukaku and company. Thus they brushed the penalty in a Jorginho boarding that the referee did not see, and they got it in the worst play of the game. A knockdown of Lukaku with a scissors from behind that left the Belgian ko and sentenced the game.
Penalty for those of Thomas Tuchel who transformed Jorginho and 2-0. The bad news was that Lukaku couldn’t go on. After being treated on the lawn, the limp did not disappear and left for Kai Havertz.
The tranquility of the night was already broken, with the uncertainty of what Lukaku would have, and it worsened with the injury of Timo Werner, who was also affected by the ankle and left before the break.
A good opportunity opened up for Havertz, supported by his coach in the previous one and with only two goals since he scored in the Champions League final. He missed the first two times he had, especially painful the second, with a Dahlin stoppage, but he plugged in the third. Counterattack that led the replacement of Werner, Hudson-Odoi, and Havertz chopped over the Malmo goalkeeper.
The Swedes were broken and Chelsea finally felt comfortable going to door. Jorginho’s fourth came, again from a penalty, and Chelsea scored four goals in a game for the first time since April.
The result plus the heaviness of the rain in London took with it any rhythm that there might be and served for Tuchel to give rest to key players such as Azpilicueta and Kanté, and minutes to a Saúl Ñíguez who debuted in the Champions League with the Chelsea shirt.
The victory remedies Chelsea’s defeat in Turin and places the Londoners second in Group H, three points behind Juventus and three points above Zenit. Malmo is third with zero points, zero goals in favor and eleven against in three days.