The last time Giroud scored a hat-trick for Chelsea, we won the European competition. Could history repeat itself? Only time will tell.
The last English team to beat Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium were Man City, and that was back in 2015.
This was a top notch Chelsea performance with a Giroud masterclass. For the first time in his career, he scored four goals in a match. The last time it happened in the Champions League was when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the same amount of goals against Malmo, also back in 2015.
Let me assure you, Sevilla is no Malmo. They were coming on the back of a hot streak of five wins on the trot. Beating them at home is another challenge altogether. Before this match, Sevilla were unbeaten at home for fourteen games straight. The last time the two teams met, it ended in a draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea ringed in with 9 changes to the first team that played against Spurs on Sunday.
- J-Jump JORGINHO for N’ GOLO KANTE – Our smiling and silent attack destroyer
- CESAR AZPILICUETA, whom we fondly call “Dave” for REECE “THE BEAST” JAMES
- EMERSON PALMIERI for BEN CHILWELL a.k.a CHILLY B
- Hi KAI HAVERTZ for ever-present MASON MOUNT
- CHRISTIAN “CAPTAIN AMERICA” PULISIC for TIMO “TURBO” WERNER
- OLIVER GIROUD “Oli oli oli, oi oi oi” for TAMMY “T9” ABRAHAM
- CALLUM HUDSON ODOI for HAKIM “THE WIZARD” ZIYECH
- ANTONIO “HUSTLE” RUDIGER for KURT “AERIAL DUEL” ZOUMA
- ANDREAS “COBHAM” CHRISTENSEN for OHH THIAGO SILVA
With a headlining match coming up in 3 days against Real Madrid, Sevilla also gave their key players Lucas Ocampos, Jules Kounde, Munir El Haddadi and Luke De Jong much needed rest and put them on the bench.
A Bright Start
Chelsea started off brightly with quick short passes while staying compact. Rudiger would switch the play with his accurate diagonal long balls to find Hudson-Odoi. A turnover from a quick release by Jorginho allowed Havertz to run through the midfield to find Giroud, whose sublime first-touch and finish saw the ball hit the back of the net just seven minutes in.
After the goal, Chelsea took their foot off the pedal and allowed Sevilla back into the game. Sevilla then dominated possession with 59% while getting ten shots away of which two were on target. But it was Chelsea who threatened on the counter with Pulisic coming to close to scoring the second for Chelsea.
Chelsea went into the second half with a lead, but it was Sevilla who had the more dominant display in the first half after we scored the goal.
A Winning Half
Sevilla came close to scoring their first when Oscar and Navas linked up on the right before the latter’s volley sailed over Mendy’s bar. But again, it was Jorginho’s quick turn that found Kovacic, who would send a perfect through-ball to Giroud. The French striker dinked the shot over the flailing arms of Alfonso to score his second goal in the 53rd minute, doubling Chelsea’s lead.
At the hour mark, Sevilla made their changes by bringing on Kounde, Ocampos, Jordan, Munir for Navas, Idrissi, Oscar, Vasquez respectively.
Chelsea also made a triple substitution– Mount, Ziyech and Kante for Pulisic, Kovacic and Havertz.
In the 69th minute, Mount came close to scoring the third Chelsea goal when Jorginho’s magnificently lobbed ball found Mount, who chested the ball and then jabbed it with his shin which was held onto by Alfonso. Ultimately, a golden opportunity lost due to a tame effort.
But it was Giroud, who would get his hat-trick, heading the beautiful cross delivered by his fellow countryman- N’ Golo Kante, who racked up his first assist of this UCL campaign.
In the 83rd minute, Giroud was dragged down by Gomez in the six yard box while trying to head Azpilicueta’s cross. The referee awarded a penalty. With Timo Werner (the first choice penalty taker) and not yet subbed on, Giroud took on the mantle to slot his fourth for the first time in his professional career.
Near the end of the game, Billy Gilmour came on for Jorginho and Timo Werner, the fifth and final substitute came on for Giroud. If there were fans in the stadium, the away end would have given him a standing ovation.
A dominant display by Chelsea with the biggest win margin by an English club on Spanish soil, coupled with one of UCL’s best individual performances by Olivier Giroud capped off a great night for Chelsea fans.
Last night, Seville was BLUE!
Written by- @ReclusiveRoy
Edits- XP Edits (@xp_editss on Instagram)