Olivier Giroud gave a reminder to Frank Lampard of his qualities with four goals – including a perfect hat-trick – that helped Chelsea confirm Group E lead with a 4–0 win over Seville.
Seville, who lost only once to an English side at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, trailed within eight minutes against a much-changed Chelsea as Kai Havertz was allowed to run 40 yards from half of his court before defeating Giroud, who beat new goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor with a touch. Final in the upper corner.
Giroud made the second goal nine minutes into the second half, imagining he was shooting with a first touch and brilliantly striking his second goal in his next goal.
The homeowners made eight changes and rarely threatened Edward Mindy’s goal, instead being further delayed 16 minutes before the match when Giro sent an excellent cross pass from Ngolo Kante into the far corner for a perfect hat-trick.
The Frenchman, who became the first Chelsea player to score four goals in one game since his coach in 2010, scored a penalty kick with his last touch to the game, to ensure Chelsea top of their Champions League group in style.
Seville: Pastor (6), Navas (5), Gomez (3), Carlos (4), Rikik (6), Rakitic (6), Godeli (5), Oscar (6), Vazquez (5), In Niari (5) Al-Idrisi (5).
Submarines: Conde (5), Ocampos (5), Jordan (5), Mounir (5), Torres (5).
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Rudiger (8), Christensen (7), Emerson (7), Kovacic (8), Jorginho (7), Havertz (7), Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (10) ), Polisec (6).
Submarines: Kante (7), Mt. (6), Ziyech (7), Werner, Gilmore (unknown).
Man of the Match: Olivier Giroud
Giroud’s show gives Lampard food for reflection
It was easy for the two teams to make 17 combined changes from the weekend’s league matches to look disassembled, but the match introduced at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan’s empty stadium proved nothing of the sort, with Chelsea ahead early. Start the pace.
Havertz, who started his first game in over a month, caught the ball in his own half before turning away from the Seville midfield and feeding Giroud to the edge of the penalty area. The Frenchman, who has played just 47 minutes in the Premier League this season, turned to his left and beat Pasteur.
Sevilla felt they could have leveled 20 minutes when Karim Rikik stood up to face Oscar Rodriguez’s free kick before Rudiger made an important shock.
Rudiger shone at the other end of the field before halftime, also with a header from Emerson’s corner kick, which Vasquez pushed off the line.
Giroud also bet on his claim to a prime place in Chelsea’s league match with Leeds this weekend Sky Sports He doubled his tally after nine minutes of the second half. He finished a flowing move by taking Matteo Kovacic’s pass with his stride, leaving Sergey Gomez on the back with a first touch and hitting Pasteur with a second blow.
Seville threatened a bit more after a triple substitution to reintroduce some of the big hitters, but Mindy never threatened, while Jero stamped a hat-trick with the help of a Chelsea extras from the bench.
Kante, to the right of midfield, looked up before spotting the striker’s advance to the near post and clearing him with a perfect cross shot in the far corner.
Giroud defeated Gomez, who would have asked for the striker’s shirt after the match, six minutes before the end as he was lowered into the box from another cross, before establishing himself to defeat Pasteur from 12 yards.
That proved his final touch as Lampard knocked out his veteran striker with a near-perfect night in the Champions League for a Chelsea manager who was beating him up with a late introduction to Billy Gilmour from the bench, nearly five months since his last appearance with the first team due to an injury The knee is long lasting.
Man of the Match – Olivier Giroud
If Giroud doesn’t start facing Leeds on Saturday, she will be forgiven for knocking on Frank Lampard’s door and asking what he could do to impress him.
Because his performance against Seville was as perfect as it could have been. Chelsea’s first four goals in a decade, and all of that from just five shots overnight.
He has participated in more air duels than anyone else on the field, and although he may have only won half, the Frenchman’s foot has often spoken mostly of a Seville defense that has not been able to dominate at all. With him.
What did the manager say …
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard Tell BT Sport: “Four goals at this level, the quality of the goals, the individual aspects of it, the team aspects – from the first, in particular, the back to the front – an amazing solo performance. He deserves all accolades.
There were moments in the first half where it was tough for us, we dealt with those moments, and then our play was great.
“Yes, he does [put himself in the frame to play against Leeds]. I have to see, it’s a tough turnaround, but it’s four goals in the game. Not just his personal performance, but when you play Oli and take advantage of his strengths, and still maintain threats from both sides, speed of lag or quality of play through midfield, you see a really nice balance about our offensive play. “
Choose the facts
- Chelsea have won four consecutive UEFA Champions League matches for the first time since the 2011-12 season, when they won the competition.
- Sevilla has not lost in 14 matches at home in all European competitions coming to this match (W12 D2), and this is his first defeat since April 2018 against Bayern Munich.
- Chelsea have won two Champions League matches with at least four goals under Frank Lampard – only under Jose Mourinho have they achieved more wins (six).
- In the 100th game for Seville at home in the European competition, they lost by four goals at home for the first time.
- Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud (34 years 63 days) became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League / European Cup since Ferenc Puskas for Real Madrid against Feyenoord in September 1965 (38 years and 173 days).
Chelsea live on Sky Sports Premier League From 7.45 on Saturday evening when they host Leeds at Stamford Bridge; Starting off at 8 pm.
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