UCL: Lille fall 1-2 to Chelsea
Abraham, Osimhen on score sheet
WILLIAN’S excellent second-half volley gave Chelsea victory over Lille in their second Champions League group stage match in France. The Brazilian put away substitute, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross in the 77th minute after Victor Osimhen had cancelled out Tammy Abraham’s first champions league goal.
However, they have kept just one clean sheet in 11 games under manager Frank Lampard, and none away from home. The Blues lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation as Lampard handed starts to 19-year-old Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, 21.
Both impressed but Lille were a threat throughout, and came close on several occasions in the second half. Goalscorer Osimhen, bought as a summer replacement for Arsenal-bound Nicolas Pepe, caused problems in the air and it was his header which brought Lille level only 11 minutes after Abraham had given Chelsea the lead.
Benjamin Andre’s header was tipped past the post by Kepa Arrizabalaga, and the Chelsea keeper had a couple of nervous moments when he was forced to come out to the edge of the box to stop quick counter-attacks.
But Chelsea were the better side and deserved victory – Jorginho smacked the outside of the right post with a curling effort in the first half and Mason Mount was denied from close range after the break.
Speaking about Abraham’s performance in the game, former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand said he sees parts of Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba in Tammy Abraham’s game and believes the young striker’s career is progressing nicely.
The Blues forward scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League win over Lille on Wednesday, taking his tally to eight goals in 10 matches this season.
Speaking as a pundit for BT Sport , Ferdinand admitted he was reminded of Drogba when watching Abraham play in France and believes the 22-year-old is displaying different features to his game as he develops. Chelsea sit third in Group H following Ajax’s 3-0 win over Valencia.