Chelsea solidified their place in the next round of the Europa League as they beat Ukraine side Dynamo Kiev 0-5 away from home.
This shows there is a big gulf between both sides as the Blues won 8-0 an aggregate score, after winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
It’s crucial for Chelsea who need to play in Europe Elite competition (Champion League) next season as they sit 6th on the league log below Arsenal and Manchester United.
On this note, we take a look at the three significant points as Chelsea wins 5-0 to advance away from home in Ukraine.
Hat-Trick for Giroud
The French man was given the nod to start ahead of star forward Gonzalo Higuaín and he performed pretty well thanks to pin-point deliveries from his teammates.
It’s been a while the French man got a hat- trick as Willian (Borges) and Hudson-Odoi ran the show to provide him with the assist.
This is arguably Giroud’s best outing on the blue shirt as Chelsea profited from his goal-scoring heroics to advance to the next round with a convincing win.
Odoi (Hudson) makes a statement.
The young English forward has proven he’s got a future at the club (Chelsea) with strings of fine performance when called upon by his manager Maurizio Sarri’s.
This can be a positive one for the player (his market reputation and confidence building) and the club (Hazard exit) as the club get set for uncertainty concerning the future of some of their players in the summer.
This highlights Eden Hazard (linked to Real Madrid) and Willian who may well be coveted by top sides like Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
Odoi’s performance was really spot on as he was involved in setting up Marcos Alonso’s goal for Chelsea third on the night.
He’s got the composure as he superbly held off challenges (defensively) to finish with aplomb to make it 5-0 for his side.
Respite for Sarri and Chelsea
This win will be a big boost to the manager and the club as Chelsea seeks redemption after falling off the radar in the Premier League this term.
The manager will be delighted in the result most especially for the two players Hudson- Odoi and Oliver Giroud who seems to be a direct replacement for the club first team players in Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuaín.
This gives the Blues confidence going into the Everton fixture at the weekend.
Also, the pressure is relieved from manager Maurizio Sarri after several taunts about the manager’s sack in recent weeks following his side dismal performance in the season, especially in the New Year.