Chelsea managed to secure a rather unsatisfying 1-0 win over MOL Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday night. The Blues were expected to dominate the game with suggestions that they could even break their scoring record at Stamford Bridge but much to the fans surprise, their shooting range was far from impressive as they managed a slender 1-0 triumph. Alvaro Morata netted the sole goal of the game in the 70th minute.
Two things we learned:
Alvaro Morata ends goalless run: The Spain international has endured another tough season with the Blues amid his struggles to score regularly. Against Vidi, it appeared that he could once more go goalless after missing clear-cut chance in the first half but he managed to keep himself going before ultimately converting from a Willian header in the 70th minute. The goal was celebrated by Morata mutedly with more of a relief after finding the scoresheet following 432 minutes of first-team action. Morata’s goal was his second of the campaign after the strike against London rivals Arsenal in early August where the Blues won by a 3-2 scoreline.
Vidi with an admirable performance: At the start of the game, many would have predicted that Chelsea would have put the game to bed by half time but Vidi managed to more than stay aloft with their impressive counter-attacking skills. Amongst the Vidi players, Loic Nego was unquestionably the standout performer and could have found the scoresheet on another day, had his finishing been better. Aside from this, István Kovács had a strong effort during the final 10 minutes of the game but Kepa was alert enough to deny Vidi the equaliser. The Blues’ shot-stopper was certainly kept more busy with a couple of key saves but Vidi would have some disappointment after their untidy finishing denied them a much-deserved point.
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