Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Champions League as they comfortably defeated Malmo 4-0. The Blues made the perfect start in the first half as Andreas Christensen found the back of the net before Jorginho scored from the spot not long later. After the restart, Kai Havertz made it 3-0 with a delightful finish before Jorginho added a fourth to cap off a comfortable evening at the Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel made four changes from Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brentford. Antonio Rudiger returned to the side following injury on international duty along with Thiago Silva. Coming out of the three man defence was Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr, both who performed exceptionally well at the weekend.
As well as this, the other two changes came in the midfield with Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek making way for Jorginho and Mason Mount, who featured beside N’Golo Kante. Tuchel continued with the 3-5-2 system from the weekend as Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner spearheaded the attack.
Meanwhile, for Malmo, two changes were made from the 3-0 win away at Ostersund. Erdal Rakip made way for Sergio Pena in central midfield with the other switch coming at left wing-back with former Swansea man Martin Olsson replacing Soren Rieks. The Allsvenskan league leaders were looking for their first points of Group H having conceded seven goals without reply in their open two matches.
The home side started the game on top as expected and had their first effort on goal in the 2nd minute. Jorginho played a superb cross into the middle as Ben Chilwell headed off-target. Six minutes later, Chelsea came close to breaking the deadlock after Romelu Lukaku’s deflected effort was well kept out by Johan Dahlin.
However, just moments later, the host’s early dominance paid off and from an unlikely source. Thiago Silva crossed the ball into the middle towards an unmarked Andreas Christensen, who was in the right place at the right time to score. His first goal in a Chelsea shirt to make it 1-0 to the Blues.
Chelsea continued to dominate the opening stages and had plenty of opportunities to double their lead. Though, with 18 minutes on the clock, the Blues were awarded a spot kick after Lukaku was bundled over in the area. Jorginho stepped up and sent Dahlin the wrong way to put the hosts 2-0 in front on the night. A perfect start to the game for Tuchel’s men.
Meanwhile, up the other end, Malmo had their first effort on goal. The ball was played into the path of Antonio Colak but the Croatian’s attempt was struck well off-target. With just over half-an-hour gone at Stamford Bridge. N’Golo Kante set up Chilwell on the edge of the area but his strike was into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Five minutes before the break, the Blues came close to making it 3-0. Kante played an excellent through ball into the substitute Kai Havertz as his effort struck the side netting. Havertz had another opportunity to get himself on the scoresheet before the break but his shot was well over. Nonetheless, the home side had a comfortable lead going in at half-time.
HT: Chelsea 2-0 Malmo
Three minutes after the restart and Chelsea added a third. The Blues broke away on the counter attack as the two substitutes combined. Callum Hudson-Odoi played the ball to Havertz with the German slotting home with ease. It was turning into a comfortable night for Tuchel’s men, who were now 3-0 ahead.
The home side soon had another chance to add a fourth. Havertz slid the ball into Rudiger as the German was pushed inside the area, leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Jorginho stepped up to the plate as usual and, just like he did for the second goal, send the goalkeeper the wrong way for 4-0.
The Blues started the second half how they ended the first and were very much in full control at the Bridge. Meanwhile, the away side had done very little to threaten Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal. With a little over an hour played, Martin Olsson delivered in the corner for Malmo as it fell to Eric Larsson, who blasted his attempt over. It just wasn’t Malmo’s night.
As the match approached the final 15 minutes, Tuchel’s men continued to threaten in front of goal despite leading quite comfortably. Deep into added time and the hosts had an opportunity to make it 5-0. Jorginho played a beautifully weighted pass into Havertz but he was denied by Ismael Diawara. However, in the end, Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners against the Swedish outfit.
FT: Chelsea 4-0 Malmo
Chelsea (3-5-2): Mendy (GK), Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta (capt), Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Chilwell; Lukaku, Werner
Substitutes: Kepa, Alonso, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Chalobah, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, James, Havertz
Subbed on: Havertz (for Lukaku, 23 mins), Hudson-Odoi (for Werner, 44 mins), Saul (for Kante, 65 mins), James (for Azpilicueta, 66 mins), Alonso (for Chilwell, 66 mins)
Goals: Christensen (9 mins), Jorginho (21 mins, pen, 57 mins, pen), Havertz (48 mins)
Malmo (3-5-2): Dahlin (GK), Larsson, Nielsen, Brorsson; Berget, Pena, Innocent, Christiansen (capt), Olsson; Colak, Birmancevic
Substitutes: Ellborg, Moisander, Rakip, Abubakari, Gwargis, Nalic, Elie, Diawara, Bjorkqvist, Lindman
Subbed on: Diawara (for Dahlin, 45 mins), Abubakari (for Birmancevic, 45 mins), Moisander (for Berget, 84 mins)
Written and Edited by Matt North (@MattNorth_)