The Blues kicked off against Huddersfield last night for their last home game of the Premier League season. Tottenham were only 2 points ahead of Chelsea and The Blues had won their last 5 matches making Champions League Football a possibility. However the game ended 1-1 with Chelsea struggling to break down such a defensive side. Huddersfield are now officially safe from relegation and have extended their recent promotion for another season. The Terriers all be overwhelmed with their last 2 results; a draw to current champions Manchester City and draw to former champions Chelsea. Man of the match went to the Huddersfield keeper goalie, Jonas Lossl who made a couple of impressive saves. Chelsea would’ve known Huddersfield would set up in a defensive way but Conte still opted for a defensive lineup himself with 3 at the back and 2 full backs, limiting the Blues presence going forward. Hazard was dropped to the bench for the return of Willian, as to was Alvaro Morata for the outgoing Olivier Giroud. Courtois was also sidelined due a minor back injury, giving Willy Caballero one of his last caps for Chelsea.
First Half ⌛
Chelsea started quick with Fabregas pinging the ball to Alonso in the opening 6 minutes. The Spanish left wingback chested the ball down in the box before half volleying the ball at the Huddersfield goal from a tough angle, forcing a save from Lossl. The game was pretty quiet and disappointing from a Chelsea fans point of view, the Blues struggled with creativity and many breaks resulted in a hopeful cross into the box. The next half Chelsea chance came in the 29th minute, Pedro whipped the ball in to Morata who tried to pass it into the back of the net but only found the gloves of Lossl. Morata came incredibly close to having an open goal in the dying embers of the half, the Spaniard dribbled through the Huddersfield defence and past Lossl but was forced to a tight angle where the shot fizzed across the face of the goal. The half ended with a disappointing 0-0 due to Huddersfield remaining organised at the back.
Second Half ⌛
The second half kicked off and with Chelsea aware of Spurs drawing to Newcastle at half time, Conte will of understood the importance of all 3 points. Chelsea won a free kick in the 48th minute, Willian curled in an out-swingeing cross, finding the head of Rudiger who let the chance go begging by heading the ball over the bar. Only a minute later Huddersfield took the lead via Depoitre, the ball was lobbed over the Chelsea defence by Mooy. Depoitre controlled the ball and flicked it over Caballero who was coming out to intercept the pass. Rudiger was trying to guard the goal line but slipped over giving Depoitre an open goal to tap the ball into making it 1-0 to Huddersfield. Chelsea replied with an equally as fortunate goal just 13 minutes later in the 61st minute. Azpilicueta crossed a low ball from the right flank into a dangerous area, Zanka intercepted the cross and tried to clear the ball out of the danger area. The clearance hit an unaware Alonso on the head and bounced into the net beating the dive of Lossl. As Huddersfield’s Premier league safety began to look in danger the Terriers sat back even more, making them harder to break down for Conte’s men. Hazard made an appearance in the 59th minute and really started to pick up the pace of the game, with the Belgian being involved in every attacking move. Chelsea came very close once again in the 80th minute when Willian fizzed a beautiful ball across goal with Giroud and Morata just unable to get on the end of it. With time running out for the Blues, more and more Chelsea players began to attack. Christensen won a header in the 82nd minute which looked to be the winner as Lossl was wrong fitted. However, the Huddersfield keeper managed to pull off an incredible save tipping the header onto the post. The game finished 1-1 making Huddersfield safe from relegation and Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League football relying on Liverpool dropping points to Brighton this Sunday.
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Who deserved the win? 🏅
Chelsea knew they needed to make their 5 consecutive wins into 6 but were unable to obtain all 3 points at home against Huddersfield. The Blues saw a massive 75% possession and managed a total of 12 shots with a 50% shot accuracy, giving them 6 on target. Huddersfield were clinical and only had 2 shots, 1 on target. Chelsea certainly dominated the game but many breaks lacked creativity and were hopeful inserted of skilful. The Blues missed the presence of Hazard who typically ignites The Blues attacks from the opening whistle. Huddersfield were also very organised at the back for the whole duration of the game with Lossl also in fine form making a few incredible saves.
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