London, Dec. 10 (EFE) .- Chelsea had no trouble signing their standings for the knockout stages of the Champions League and did so by imposing themselves on Lille (2-1) and the water trickle that fell on Stamford Bridge.
On a windy and rainy night in the London capital, Chelsea, who was the easiest in Group D, got rid of a Lille that played nothing.
With the team practically gala, the 'Blues' passed as group seconds and, two years later returns to the qualifiers of the best continental competition.
They left in tromba, at the same rate that torrents of water fell in the field. After several sunny days in London, the cold, the rain and the wind returned and Chelsea returned to win. After the weekend fell against Everton, Lampard put Jorginho back in the middle, disregarding the young Mason Mount and the team easily controlled the Lille.
After several very clear occasions in the boots of Emerson Palmieri and N'golo Kanté, Abraham pushed a pass from Willian's death to advance and put his own in the round of 16.
And from that moment, the French were hardly close to hurting. They were eliminated and were practically a mere troupe.
Before the break, César Azpilicueta sentenced. Captain 'Blue' took advantage of a good slate move of his own. In a corner, Willian dragged the first stick, Emerson put it in the free space and Azpilicueta appeared only to finish off the net.
Chelsea didn't need it anymore. With the victory he knew that he closed the classification and there was nothing else in his hand to be first in the group.
In the second part, he looked for the third, more by inertia than otherwise, but it did not come and in an isolated play, after a good combination, Loic Remy, a former Chelsea player, cut distances.
Chelsea continued to look for the third, but, despite the repeated occasions they had, especially in the boots of Michy Batshuayi, they were not able to increase the score and took 2-1 as good.
Chelsea is now second in the group, with eleven points, the same as Valencia, which does as first, and one less than Ajax in Amsterdam, which will go to the Europa League.
– Data sheet:
2 – Chelsea: Kepa; Emerson, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kovacic (Mount, m.82), Jorginho, Kanté; Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi, m.62), Abraham (Batshuayi, m.72) and Willian.
1 – Lille: Maignan (Leonardo, m.72); Pied, Gabriel, Djalo, Celik; Luiz Araújo (Sanchez, m.82), Maia (Bamba, m.66), Soumare, Xeka, Yazici; Remy
Goals: 1-0. Abraham, m.19, 2-0. Azpilicueta, m.35 and 2-1. Remy, m.78.
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE) admonished Zouma (m.45 + 1) by the locals and Celik (m.40) and Xeka (m.67) by the visitors.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the last day of Group H of the Champions League played at the Stamford Bridge stadium (London). EFE