It looks like Potter has already found the magic formula. Thomas Tuchel’s successor Chelsea was unmistakable in his third game on the bench against the Italian champions. After the first defeat at Dinamo Zagreb and the draw against Salzburg at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, this clash already looked like a last-ditch match for Londoners.
But facing the Lombards with fewer legs than ever before, Graham Potter’s men quickly seized the game, taking advantage of the many shortcomings on the Milan side (Mike Maignan, Théo Hernandez, Alessandro Florenzi or more recently Davide Calabria).
“At the end of the day, I can’t complain, I didn’t concede, three goals, the attitude of the players is very good, really good (…) This is an important victory, there is still a long way to go in this regard, but competition”, the English coach commented after the match.
On this occasion, the former Brighton tech had returned to the defense with three centers consisting of Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly for his first tenure led by Potter surrounding Thiago Silva.
Moments after a curling hit from Mount Mason, which was well bouncing off by Ciprian Tatarusanu (5th place), the defenders were the most dangerous. Thiago Silva, always in search of set-pieces, saw his two headshots repelled by the Romanian goalkeeper (22th, 24th), but in the second, Fofana, in a good position, opened the goal with a straight foot (1 -0, 24th), with his new colors scored his first goal.
There was a brief moment of joy for the young defender, who was injured by bending his right knee in a duel with Rafael Leao. The former Leicester defender thus joins the long list of French internationals in the infirmary and Qatar continues to grow, less than two months before the start of the World Cup.
If he tried to continue after some treatment, the London staff probably thought it more prudent not to insist, bringing Trevor Chalobah (38th) instead. “We don’t know yet (what he has), that’s really the only black spot tonight. We’ll wait for her scan tomorrow (Thursday) and keep our fingers crossed,” Potter said, leaving Stamford Bridge, 21, on crutches.
Giroud applauded but transparent
After returning from the locker room, British dominance began to put more and more pressure on the Milan cages. In a move that the Italian defense completely stopped, Reece James was able to get behind Fikayo Tomori and average comfortably for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored from close range (2-0, 56th).
Five minutes later, the same James killed all the curiosity with a nice hard shot from six yards (3-0, 61st) by placing the ball in the corner, even letting his coach return at the end of the game.
AC Milan side? almost nothing. Two shots in the first period, as many in the second period. Leao created the only significant hazard in a breakthrough by placing left-to-axis, but young Belgian De Ketelaere was unable to transform his teammate’s work by shooting directly at Kepa.
For the rest, the attack was completely muted, and when Olivier Giroud left in the 72nd minute, he was applauded by all Stamford Bridge for being transparent throughout the match. Stefano Pioli’s players will have to show a completely different face in six days at San Siro in a pool where all points count and goal difference can be decisive.
“We will try to reverse the result at home. We can’t wait for the last two games, we will need a good result in Milan,” he said. After Salzburg’s victory over Zagreb (1-0) in the early evening, the Austrians played the Blues’ draw with Rossoneri. They became the astonishing leaders of this E group with four points ahead of the Blues, who drew with Rossoneri and Zagreb had 3 points.
Slow motion Paris in Lisbon
A little stop for Paris. After an intense and tense match, PSG and Benfica neutralized each other in Lisbon and returned to the second round at the Parc des Princes next Tuesday to fight for the first place in Pool H.
In the garden of the magnificent Luz stadium, where PSG lost the 2020 Champions League final to Bayern Munich (1-0), the Paris team opened the goal via Lionel Messi (22nd), but it was a scramble throughout the first period. Danilo’s own goal (41st).
At least the Parisians hold their fate halfway through the group stage with 7 points just like Benfica. “We tried until the end, we fought, we did our best. Parisian midfielder Marco Verratti told Canal+’s microphone that you should not lose when you can’t win. To do this, you can’t pass for a long time at the end of the match against Rafa Silva (81st) ( 8th, 13th, 18th) and an excellent performance from the decisive Parisian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
In the other group match, Juventus Turin has finally been revived and owes it to Adrien Rabiot. Posting a double (35th, 83rd) against Maccabi Haifa (3-1), the French international midfielder, Massimiliano Allegri (3 points), gave his team their first European success this season with melodies of a breath of fresh air. ‘oxygen.
City and Haaland still having fun
But who will stop Erling Haaland? The insatiable Norwegian striker hit Copenhagen (5-0) twice more on Wednesday and continued his incredible start to the season with Manchester City. With an opportunistic goal after an unstoppable rebound near the pole (7th) followed by a knock back (32nd), Haaland stunned the Danes, scoring the 27th and 28th goals of his career at C1 in just 22 games!
Pep Guardiola’s team qualify for the last 16 (9 points), ahead of Dortmund (6 points), who put Sevilla FC into crisis with a 4-1 win at Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
Enough to seal the fate of Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui before he was immediately sacked by his management, in tears after the meeting. The Spanish media are already announcing the return of Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, who served on the Andalusian bench for two years before landing in Marseille in 2021.
Real does it even without realism
Despite the lack of realism at the offensive level, Real Madrid flew to the top of their F. 1) group and chained a third victory in a matter of days (9 points).
At the Santiago-Bernabeu stadium, Rodrygo (13th) and Vinicius (28th) got Carlo Ancelotti’s team back on track, but after the third goal, they ran in vain like forwards Karim Benzema and were obviously unable to regain form before his hamstring injury. .
Earlier, RB Leipzig was back in the saddle in the knockout race, beating Glasgow Celtic 3-1 with goals from France’s Christopher Nkunku (27th) and Portugal’s André Silva (65, 77th).
Champions League 3rd day results
Chelsea 3-0 AC Milan
RB Salzburg 1 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb.
Real Madrid 2 – 1 Shakhtar Donetsk
RB Leipzig 3-1 Celtic Glasgow.
Manchester City 5 – 0 FC Copenhagen
FC Sevilla 1 – 4 Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus Turin 3 – 1 Maccabi Haifa
Benfica 1 – 1 Paris SG.
England with AFP
It looks like Potter has already found the magic formula. Thomas Tuchel’s successor Chelsea was unmistakable in his third game on the bench against the Italian champions. After the first defeat at Dinamo Zagreb and a draw against Salzburg at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, this clash already looked like a match …
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