Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Champions League group stage Game 3 - Chelsea 6 Maribor 0
A comprehensive and convincing win in our Champions League campaign.
With Costa rested, seemingly injured following his international exploits, Loic Remy stepped up to lead the charge. He duly got himself of the score sheet after 13 minutes but what looks like a groin strain led to him being replaced, by the Champions League legend himself, Didier Drogba.
Ten minutes later a penalty for handball was awarded to us, which saw that man Drogs place the ball on the spot and slot into the bottle corner. Apparently he asked Eden Hazard if he could take it, much to Jose’s disappointment!
Pretty much one way traffic, our boys running the show. And after 5 minutes our captain JT found the goal, even though the officials didn’t spot the offside! HT 3-0.
Within a few minutes of the restart poor Maribor put into their own net, although it was Hazard’s wayward touch that stopped him claiming the goal for himself.
Good to see another appearance from the talented Nathan Ake, replacing Cesc Fabregas, Jose probably having one eye on our weekend trip to Old Trafford. A penalty for the visitors soon followed, with Matic clattering into a player. With
the experienced Petr Cech standing large in the goal, it was no surprise to see the spot kick hit wide and off the post.
With around 20 minutes to play, Oscar was replaced by 17-year old Dominic Solanke, one of a crop of talented youth players at the club. A great reception for the young Englishman. Within a couple of minutes we were charging forward again, the nippy Willian smashing the crossbar from the edge of the box. This was shortly followed by another penalty, smoothly rolled in by Eden Hazard.
Looking rampant, the score was polished off by a sixth for Chelsea, a second for Hazard, wriggling his way on goal, as only he can! A superb team performance, a clean sheet for Petr, and another 3 points at the top of Group G. (at Stamford Bridge)