Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel praised his players for remaining focused amid the uncertainty about the club’s future after they progressed Wednesday to the Champions League quarter-finals, where he said they would be “the team nobody wants to play”.
Catch up with highlights and reactions from the Champions League as Chelsea sealed their place in the quarter-finals after clinching a 2-1 win over Lille in the return leg at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Chelsea put their off-field troubles to one side to seal a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday as a Cesar Azpilicueta goal clinched a 2-1 win at Lille in the second leg of their last-16 tie, and a 4-1 aggregate victory.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insisted football is a team sport as he hit back at persistent questions on out-of-form striker Romelu Lukaku at his post-match news conference, following Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Lille in their Uefa Champions League round-of-16 first-leg clash.
Catch up with the highlights from Tuesday evening’s action in the Uefa Champions League which saw Chelsea ease to a 2-0 win over Lille with Romelu Lukaku left on the bench while in the other game Villarreal held Juventus in Spain despite new striker Duscan Vlahovic scoring 32 seconds into his Champions League debut.
Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea are fighting to “survive” as the spluttering Champions League holders prepare to face Lille in the last 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo rode to Manchester United’s rescue late on for the third time in four Champions League matches to salvage a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Tuesday.
Arsenal have moved a step closer to signing Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, with the 22-year-old undergoing a medical in London on Tuesday.
Gabriel Magalhaes has emerged as a serious target for Arsenal, while the Gunners are hopeful of finalising a deal to sign Chelsea winger Willian.
Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has disclosed that Didier Drogba contacted him, and urged him to join Chelsea from Lille, while Gervinho – Drogba’s Ivorian teammate – acted as a go-between.