Chelsea welcome Malmo FC to Stamford bridge in the second leg of the Europa league round of 32 after defeating the visitor 1-2 at home in the first leg and it was a good one as the host went on to score on three occasions to make it 5-1 on aggregate.
Despite the current form of the club in the league and after loosing to Manchester United in the FA cup, Maurizio Sarri made 7 changes to the team that lost against united as Jorginho started the match from the bench while young Hudson-Odoi was handed another chance to prove himself to the manager reason why he deserve to in the first team. Caballero replaced Kepa in the goal post while Emerson started from the left back. Probably Sarri was trying to figure some things out before the final against Manchester City, a side who defeated them 6-0 in the league some weeks back.
The host struggling continues in the first half as they failed to find the back of the net while Malmo was pulling the pressure high, Caballero was tested twice in the first 16 minutes of the game by Bengtsson and Markus, Chelsea team seems to be under pressure as the players were cheaply conceding possession and failed to control the game.while Malmo fans were praising their team, Chelsea fans need a turnaround performance from their team as they continue to boo the players.
Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea in 55 minutes after the break after kante took advantage of Nielsen loose ball, passed the ball to Willian before the Brazilian pass found Giroud in the box 6 to make it 1-0 lead for the host. Ross Barkley made it 2-0 in 74 mi utes after curling a wonderful free kick past Dahlin. Both Giroud and Barkley were on target for the blues in the 1-2 win in the first leg.
Hudson replaced Hazard and the young talented winger once again proved himself to Maurizio Sarri reason why he should be starting every match for the senior team as he strike the last goal for the blues in 84 minutes to made it 3-0 for the host team as they booked their place in the round of 16 against Dynamo kyiv.
Due to playmaker Hazard not selected in the line up, the responsibility of providing the team some sparkling display fell unto Hudson and the young man performed wonderfully Jorginho replaced Barkley in 76 minutes and it was so obvious that his honeymoon at the club as come to and end. The fans made their feelings known to Jorginho poor run at the club as they continue to boo him. The coach after the match was there to defend the midfielder by saying his absence was felt in the first 30 minutes of the game.
Sarri who is under pressure at the club will have to do everything possible to secure his job at the bridge as he face a test matches ahead to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in coming weeks. With Hudson display against Malmo, probably the coach will start him ahead of Willian against Manchester City in the Carabao cup final. It will really be nice to see the combination of Hazard, Higuain and Hudson upfront for the blues.