The Blues had a good night in Malmo, winning 1-0 in the Champions League, and here are four things you might not have noticed.
Havertz is told precisely where to go by Jorginho.
Chelsea struggled a little in the second half of their win over Malmo as they looked for a second goal to put the game out of reach.
Jorginho, the Ballon d’Or contender, was in the thick of it in the Blues midfield, conducting himself as usual.
Jorginho wanted more at one point in the second period, when the Blues were already up 1-0 thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s goal.
He received a pass from Callum Hudson-Odoi about 40 yards from goal and was seen pointing and barking at Havertz, telling him where he wanted the ball to go.
Jorginho dutifully found Havertz, only for the move to fall apart as Malmo managed to get a last-ditch tackle in to prevent Chelsea from scoring a second goal of the game.
Christian Pulisic’s rallying cry from Thomas Tuchel
Pulisic made his long-awaited return to Chelsea action, making the matchday squad for the first time since the Premier League season began.
Before testing positive for Covid-19, the USMNT star appeared in a victory over Crystal Palace in August. Pulisic injured his ankle in a win for the United States against Honduras while on international duty and cleared to play in September.
He was ultimately returned in action over two and a half months later, when Tuchel introduced him off the bench in Sweden, despite stating before the game that the winger wouldn’t be returning until the Burnley game this weekend.
Pulisic was forced to come to Malmo due to injuries and unavailability, and with Chelsea leading 1-0, his head coach resorted to the winger for some much-needed minutes.
Before joining the game alongside Ross Barkley for the last 15 minutes, the German placed his hands on both of Pulisic’s shoulders and told him what he wanted of him, loudly and passionately. He no certainly wished him good luck as well.
In the crowd, there’s a great header.
Malmo didn’t have many shots on goal in their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, but they surely gave it their all compared to their performance at Stamford Bridge.
The talent disparity between the reigning European champions and the Swedish top flight winners is rather large, and it seemed that way throughout the most of the two games played between the two sides.
However, a Malmo supporter in the audience provided a spark of quality halfway through the first half when Sebastian Nanasi’s strike went harmlessly past of Edouard Mendy’s goal.
A fan in the audience, who thankfully had a couple of empty seats next to him, leaped like a salmon and returned the ball to the field of play, where Mendy ran over to retrieve it.
Saul Niguez has lost touch with his football.
Even though the temperature in Malmo had fallen significantly at halftime of the Champions League Group H match, the game’s replacements had to go out and keep themselves loose, warm (in certain ways), and limbered up in case they were required.
The Blues players were the first to emerge from the tunnel, several of them wearing gloves due to the freezing weather in eastern Sweden.
Saul Niguez, an unused replacement on the night, was one of the first players to emerge from the tunnel, followed by Trevoh Chalobah, another player who saw no action.
Saul definitely wanted to kick about a ball since he is a player, but he plainly made the error of not taking his own out to play with.
As a result, he called out to Chalobah for his ball, which the defender had remembered to carry as he sprinted onto the field.
Chalobah first refused, but Saul persisted, and the academy graduate ultimately gave up, kicking his ball to Saul, who threatened to flee with him before turning around and returning it to Chalobah.