Chelsea impressed. This Wednesday night, the Blues defeated AC Milan 3-0 on day three of the Champions League group stage. At Stamford Bridge, the injured Wesley Fofana (24′), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (56′) and Reece James (62′) delighted their supporters. In Group E standings, Graham Potter’s men moved up from last to second place with four points on the clock, as did the Rossoneri in third place.
He went through all emotions. Wesley Fofana has scored his first goal in one of the most prestigious competitions. The French defender didn’t tremble as he smashed in with his right foot and fooled Ciprian Tatarusanu (24′, 1-0). However, the Milan goalkeeper was the originator of a first decisive intervention on Thiago Silva’s head in the same action. Shortly before, the Brazilian defender had already challenged the Romanian goalkeeper with a header after a corner (23′). Fofana, on the other hand, didn’t have time to appreciate this moment anymore, so he had to leave early with a visibly injured right knee (38′).
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That didn’t stop his partners from pushing further. Some of them, like him, were able to stand out. Like Reece James, for example. At 22 years and 301 days, the full-back became the youngest Chelsea player to both score and assist in the same Champions League game. His perfect center from his right side was perfectly able to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who shot from close range, at the break (56′, 2-0). Then the England international turned into a top scorer and fired his shot from a tight angle at the near post (62′, 3-0).
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The intensity and constant pressing of the blues might even have allowed them to add breadth to an already excellent score. And it was Mason Mount who even came close to joining the party. After a dangerous first attempt (5th), the midfielder then managed to fool Tatarusanu with a lob from the right from a tight angle. But at the beginning of this action he was offside (33rd).
AC Milan have been robbed of many players
The evening was therefore very complicated for AC Milan, who had lost just one game since the start of this season. It was in Serie A. At the start, Stefano Pioli had to do without at least eight players, such as Mike Maignan, Davide Calabria or Theo Hernandez. The French international also missed in his left lane.
The Rossoneri have tried to rely on Rafael Leão and his big accelerations. Also, in the best of times, one of them almost resurrected his own. Just before half-time and just one goal behind against AC Milan, the Portugal international found Charles De Ketelaere, who stumbled over Kepa Arrizabalaga before Ben Chilwell’s Rade Krunic countered (45+4), after breaking through the opposition defence. .
AC Milan lost a Champions League game by three goals or more to Atlético de Madrid (1-4) for the sixth time in this competition, the first since March 11, 2014. The Milanese will not have time to hesitate as Juventus expect them for the continuation of Serie A this Saturday at 6pm. As for Chelsea, this benchmark win will surely allow them to regain confidence. Hoping to continue this Saturday (4pm) in the Premier League against Wolves.
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