Chelsea Match Report: Dynamo Kyiv 0-5 Chelsea
Chelsea ran riot at the capital of Ukraine as the Blues destroyed Dynamo Kyiv 5-0 away from home to progress to the last 8 of the Europa League with a resounding aggregate scoreline of 8-0.
Having won the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri’s men made easy work of the Ukrainian giants in the return leg as well, with the Blues dominating proceedings right from the word go.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who got a rare start for Chelsea, set up Olivier Giroud for the opener with his headed flick-on from Willian’s corner. The youngster was once again in the thick of things as he forced a sharp save from goalkeeper Denys Boyko after being played in by Marcos Alonso.
Chelsea continued their domination and impressed with a display of good-possession based football. Giroud made it 2-0 in favour of the visitors in the 33rd minute, heading it in off Alonso’s cross from the left.
Alonso has struggled for consistency in the Premier League this term but he showed exactly why he is held in such high regard at Stamford Bridge, scoring his first goal since August from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross.
N’Golo Kante carried the ball forward with pace and Hudson-Odoi created the opening for the Blues, playing a delightful little one-two with Giroud and teeing it up for the Spaniard to knock in Chelsea’s third.
With the tie totally done and dusted at half time, Dynamo had only pride to play for in the second half and the Ukrainian giants started off as the brighter of the two teams.
They had a lot more possession in the final third and gave the Chelsea defence something to think about, only to be denied a goal by the post.
However, as dominant as Chelsea have been over the course of the two legs, the Blues soon took control of the game and started to create some chances of their own.
Olivier Giroud completed his hat-trick and brought up his ninth goal of the Europa League to make it 4-0 for Sarri’s side. The Frenchman then unleashed a defence-splitting pass to pick out the run of Hudson-Odoi who scored for the third successive European game in a row.
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Chelsea didn’t face much of a test against their Ukrainian opposition but Arsenal have an uphill battle on their hands later in the night, with the Gunners faced with the daunting task of overturning a two-goal deficit against Rennes at home to seal qualification to the quarterfinals.
A 32 year old Olivier #Giroud is a better striker than a 31 year old Gonzalo Fatguain. Imagine disagreeing with me.#Higuain #DYNCHE #CFC #UEL #Chelsea— Sharan Chablani (@MyNameIsSharan) March 14, 2019As Giroud heard he’s been chosen over Lacazette by France then boom a hat trick to prove he’s the right man for the job🙌🏽 @_OlivierGiroud_ #DYNCHE @ChelseaFC @EuropaLeague pic.twitter.com/AOERsr917H
— Dada Kay (@iam_dadakay) March 14, 2019
By scoring tonight, Callum Hudson-Odoi has now scored more goals (4) than any other teenager to have played in European competition this season. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Jadon who???#CFC | #DYNCHE pic.twitter.com/ijutJLsJ22
— ForeverBlue⁸⁴ 🏴🇮🇹 (@sazio1984) March 14, 2019
We are soooooo utterly blessed to live to see Messi and Ronaldo constantly battle it out for second greatest player of all time thanks to Giroud’s brilliance
I love this game #DYNCHE pic.twitter.com/3bvKf9ZLrk
— Futbol TJ (@Cxlteck) March 14, 2019
Hudson-Odoi when he starts:
Loftus-Cheek when he starts:
Genuinely don’t know what more these guys can do to break through in the Prem. #DYNCHE pic.twitter.com/T4LKAtjFvo
— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) March 14, 2019
Tuesday: Cristiano Ronaldo
Wednesday: Lionel Messi
Thursday: Olivier Giroud
GOAT 🐐 things#DYNCHE pic.twitter.com/eZvzAdIC8E
— Mutati (@p_mutati) March 14, 2019
Dun and dusted for @ChelseaFC #DYNCHE the big Frenchman at it again pic.twitter.com/SmUuaT2zQC
— Super_Stanly (@SuperStanly1) March 14, 2019
This talismanic 22-year-old La Liga star would be best served joining any of these 3 PL sides – Agreed?
Premier League Opinion: 3 ideal summer destinations for Maxi Gomez
La Liga is one of Europe’s premier leagues and the quality of football that is showcased by even the relatively smaller teams in generally top-class. Additionally, unlike in the Premier League, a large number of young players are scouted and signed with the future of the clubs in mind.
One such players was brought in by Celta Vigo in the summer of 2017 from Uruguayan outfit Defensor – talismanic forward Maximiliano Gomez. The 22-year-old has really come into the limelight over the last couple of seasons after putting in some special displays for the La Liga minnows.
The big striker has scored 9 goals in his 25 league appearances this season while he’s also managed to notch up 5 assists. His ability to time runs has set him apart as one of the most sought-after young forwards in the world today.
A report from The Mirror is suggesting that Maxi Gomez could leave Celta for as low as around £21m in the summer if they’re unable to maintain La Liga status with West Ham said to be one of the clubs keen on the Uruguayan’s services.
Given his talismanic nature, here are 3 clubs who should move for the youngster in the summer:
The Reds have often depended on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for goals this season and while they have delivered, the addition of a different striker to the kind that Roberto Firmino is, would certainly go a long way in improving their squad.
While the Brazilian is an expert at build-up play, Maxi Gomez would provide a much bigger presence up-front and Liverpool could utilise him whenever Firmino seems ineffective and a more direct attacking approach is required.
The Blues have really suffered this season because of their apparent inability to finish off chances. Despite the recent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain, their luck doesn’t seem to have changed and a more youthful forward could be the answer to their troubles.
Gomez is a constant live-wire who will not give the opposition defence a single moment of respite and that is exactly the kind of striker that Maurizio Sarri’s system needs. His athleticism and finishing ability will certainly be useful at Stamford Bridge and he would definitely be a good investment for the future as well.
Tottenham’s dependence on Harry Kane over the years has been extremely worrying and the presence of Spanish forward Fernando Llorente has a backup to the prolific Englishman certainly hasn’t worked out quite as planned.
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Maxi Gomez can be the perfect player for Spurs as he has the ability and versatility to play just behind Harry Kane and really prosper. His powerful running will complement Kane’s abilities and even if they do stick to playing with one up-front, he has enough quality to challenge Harry for the starting role.
Chelsea would strike gold by signing any of these 3 players to replace Mateo Kovacic – including this 20-year-old Ligue 1 prodigy
Chelsea Opinion: These 3 players are all good alternatives to Kovacic
Chelsea’s first season under the managership of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has been far from a fairy tale. Although it began with a great unbeaten run,
Having drawn blanks in many games this season, Chelsea’s midfield has been blamed time and again because they’re unable to provide any real passes of meaning. With sideways movement and back-passes becoming a highlight of Chelsea’s play, a change is certainly in order.
To make matters worse, Mateo Kovacic is yet to open his scoring account for the Blues. With only a small part of the season left, whether or not he will return to Madrid remains a mystery and it’s one that Chelsea can’t afford take a risk on.
Bringing in an able replacement would certainly be in the best interest of the club.
Here are the 3 players that Chelsea can bring in to replace Kovacic next season:
The German international midfield player is currently employed by Hoffenheim in Bundesliga but has showcased his supreme quality on enough occasions to warrant a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Excellent on the ball and with sublime vision from midfield, the 25-year-old would slot right into the middle of the Chelsea core and could easily replicate the 4 goals and 4 assists that he’s got from 18 Bundesliga appearances this season.
Olympique Lyon’s midfield prodigy Aouar has been touted for great things in the future given his amazing dribbling and ball control abilities. Added to the fact that he is displays such amazing quality at just 20, should be enough motivation for the Blues to make a move for him.
Having scored 6 and assisted 6 from his 27 Ligue 1 appearances this term, the French youth international is known for his work rate and would be the perfect partner for Chelsea’s midfield engine N’Golo Kante.
Another young German star being developed by Borussia Dortmund’s endless production line of a youth academy, Dahoud is said to be the complete midfield who is both supremely talented on the ball and is also adept at reading play off it.
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With just 18 appearances all season for Dortmund, the youngster could be tempted with the possibility of more game time at Chelsea and with an attacking manager like Maurizio Sarri at the helm, the talented 23-year-old can only grow from here.
Bournemouth signing this versatile 20-year-old PL ace on loan would propel them to a top-eight finish next season
Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries would strike gold by signing Mason Mount
According to the Sun, Bournemouth are leading the race to sign Chelsea starlet Mason Mount on loan next season, with manager Eddie Howe keen on acquiring the services of the Englishman in a bid to bolster his midfield options.
Mount has impressed on loan at Derby County this season in the Championship, accumulating 6 goals and 3 assists from a total of 32 appearances in all competitions.
This is not the first time that Mount has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, with the 20-year-old making a name for himself with 14 goals and 9 assists at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie last term.
The midfielder’s scintillating form in the Championship earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad last year and a loan spell at a mid-table Premier League club like Bournemouth should be the next stage in his development.
However, if Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban remains in place even after the appeal, Mount might enjoy first-team minutes at Stamford Bridge next season as the Blues will not be able to sign Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic permanently.
Regarded as a technically-gifted and tactically-versatile midfielder, Mount has featured on the left of Frank Lampard’s 4-3-3 at Derby this season but he is equally suited to a No.10 role behind the striker.
Pace and trickery on the ball, tactical responsibility, sharpness, agility and creativity – Mount
The youngster knows how to retain possession well, move the ball around and find the right pass, with his vision and intelligence often making him a dangerous presence in the middle of the park.
Not only is he capable of creating opportunities with defence-splitting passes but he is also equally adept at tracking back to help his team cut out the attacks.
Mount is a good crosser as well, and his work-rate coupled with his eye for goal from long-range and set-piece ability should make him a wonderful addition to Bournemouth’s squad.
The Cherries have been hit hard by the long-term injury to Lewis Cook, leaving Howe with Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling as the only options to partner star man Jefferson Lerma at the heart of midfield.
Filled with the exuberance of youth, Mount’s energetic presence in the middle of the park, qualities on the ball and his knack of creating chances should definitely come handy for the Cherries next season.
Mount is an immensely talented footballer and would increase competition for places in the first-team, whilst also adding valuable depth to the squad.
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Bournemouth need to bring in a few fresh faces in the summer to enhance their chances of a top-eight finish next season and Mason Mount is capable of making the step up to the Premier League.
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