Chelsea were out quickly from the blocks and could’ve taken the lead inside of five minutes. We didn’t, but we didn’t have to wait too long, thanks to a wonderful flowing move down the right — one of many on the day, especially in the first-half — Azpilicueta to Silva to Ziyech to Mount to Lukaku and into the back of the net.
Boro’s response to going behind was commendable, and we played into their hands with a few mistakes in the defensive third. But Mendy still hardly had anything to do.
And just when it looked like the home side’s ascendancy would result in something tangible, Ziyech produced another world-class goal from range, doing the goalkeeper dirty with an arrowed shot. As it turned out, that pretty much settled the game with just 30 minutes on the clock.
Boro certainly tried to get back into the game in the second half, but Chelsea remained largely comfortable. Werner had a chance to put the game to bed a couple times, but first saw the goalkeeper make an excellent save on a headed effort, then saw some heroic defending clear off the line ten minutes later.
Still, Chelsea never looked in much, if any trouble and we saw out the win safely.
The 600 Chelsea fans in the away end celebrated.
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