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Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kiev: Willian, Pedro and Hudson-Odoi on target as as Maurizio Sarri’s men register healthy first-leg lead

Pedro scored early on and had plenty of chances to add to his tally. The second came through Willian’s incredible free-kick before substitutes Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi combined for the third.  

Kiev offered precious little in attack and failed to deal with the pace and incision of the Blues in the final third.

 Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals after sweeping aside Dynamo Kiev 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Zappacosta, Luiz, Christensen, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Pedro 

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Kante, Higuain, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi

Booked: None

Goals: Pedro, Willian, Hudson-Odoi 

Dynamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalsky, Rusyn.

Subs: Bushchan, Sidcley, Andrievsky, Harmash, Tsitaishvili, Kadar, Smirniy

Booked: Shepelev, Buyalskiy

Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)

The visitors did not have a shot on goal until 73 minutes and even then, Kiev’s first effort of the game sailed harmlessly over the bar from distance. 

Chelsea’s only threat appears to be their own complacency, as underlined late on when they switched off and Kiev substitute Sidcley misjudged golden chance to head his side an away goal.

On paper at least, Dynamo Kiev appeared to be a useful team that may trouble Chelsea. They defeated Rennes, conquerors of Arsenal, home and away in the group stage and then beat Olympiacos in the previous round.

With that in mind, Sarri might have been tempted to play his strongest side and seek a commanding lead to take to Kiev next week. Sarri, however, is attempting to balance a hectic schedule and this was his side’s seventh match in eighteen days. 

As such, he plumped for freshness, resting the spine of his team, as Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain all dropped out. 

Much to the frustration of the club’s support, and quite feasibly the boardroom, Sarri could not find a place for academy graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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