Chelsea has spent €611.49m ($A946.83m) on transfers since their possession takeover this season (per Transfermarkt), however the Blues’ dire run continued in a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund within the first leg of their Round of 16 conflict.
Dortmund speedster Karim Adeyemi struck within the 63rd minute on a superb counter-attack, racing the size of the pitch earlier than rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the web simply 16 seconds after a Chelsea nook was taken on the different finish.
The Blues bombarded the hosts within the second stanza, however merely couldn’t discover the again of the web as their scoring woes continued.
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Chelsea struck the bar by Joao Felix within the thirty seventh minute, earlier than defender Kalidou Koulibaly had a shot brilliantly cleared on the road by former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can 12 minutes from time.
The London aspect had been additionally unfortunate to not earn a penalty when Kai Havertz was taken down by centre-back Nicklas Sule within the field – who already tugged the shirt of the Blues ahead outdoors the field. Sule appeared to overlook the ball in his lunging deal with.
The Blues completed with a whopping 21 pictures with out scoring a doubtlessly essential away aim.
Dortmund’s German midfielder Emre Can (L) made a surprising clearance on the road.Source: AFP
Archie Winter stated on Stan Sport: “They should be questioning how they haven’t scored once more … Chelsea should be questioning if some form of voodoo forces are towards them proper now.”
“It’s simply loopy that they didn’t (rating),” Socceroos nice Craig Foster stated.
Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand stated on BT Sport: “Chelsea spent all this cash within the final couple of home windows and didn’t get a quantity 9 within the crew, that’s an issue.”
He added: “That’s one thing he (coach Graham Potter) will assume ‘we’ll get that in some unspecified time in the future’ … they obtained undone by a medical little bit of ending which they didn’t have in their very own crew.”
It was Dortmund’s seventh win in as many matches in 2023, whereas Chelsea has received simply as soon as from their final 9 matches in all competitions.
Tensions rose within the second interval, with ten gamers incomes bookings – and with Mason Mount and
The Blues sit tenth within the Premier League, 20 factors off Manchester City and Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Benfica closed in on reserving their place within the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Club Brugge in Belgium.
A Joao Mario penalty handed the Portuguese league leaders the lead six minutes into the second stanza, earlier than David Neres doubled their lead within the dying minutes.
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