Hakim Ziyech helps Chelsea secure Narrow Win in Sweden
Both teams started the game in a very energetic but disorganized manner. The London club couldn’t recreate their clinical form two weeks ago even after they dominated the match both in possession and shots on goal. Kai Havertz came closest but his tight-angled shot failed to hit the back of the net.
Malmo’s goalkeeper had trouble handling the ball throughout the game, leaving several juicy rebounds with no Chelsea attackers to pounce on it. The Swedish team also came close to a shock goal, but Colak missed the net by a few inches on an acrobatic volley from a ball over the top just before half-time.
It was almost the same story in the second half until Callum Hudson-Odoi put in a beautiful pass to Hakim Ziyech who finished with a tap-in. The goal started with Havertz. the German international played a sneaky pass to Hudson-Odoi who immediately made the run and who then passed it to the Morocco international inside the box and that decided the game. Thiago silva came close to doubling the lead, but it was cleared off the line.
Chelsea created more scoring chances in the final 15 minutes of the game but were not clinical enough to convert those chances, Havertz coming close before Pulisic who made his appearance after being off the pitch for months due to an injury, missed an open net with the final kick of the game.
Thomas Tuchel was pretty much okay with his team’s performance, telling the media during his press conference;
“We needed the result, we expected the result, we delivered. We had a lot of touches but was maybe not clinical enough yet. We wanted to increase the intensity level in the second half. We were able to use this one moment, this position, then be clinical enough to score, and then we had enough chances for a second one. The control was on our side. We did not suffer through difficult situations in our box, we never lost concentration.”