October 21, (THEWILL) – Chelsea won 4-0 at home against Malmo in the Champions League, but were dealt two major blows when Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were forced off in the first half with injuries.
The Blues cruised past the Swedish champions, who were unable to defeat the European champions at Stamford Bridge and are now rooted to the bottom of Group H.
Chelsea dominated their opponents from the start. Mason Mount won the ball high up the pitch and released Lukaku after Malmo failed to deal with the early press. With a low cross, he picked out Werner, but it bounced off the German’s heel, and he missed from a few yards out.
Johan Dahlin saved a deflected effort from Lukaku, but the Blues did not have to wait long as Andreas Christensen volleyed home from Thiago Silva’s cross after just nine minutes.
When Jorginho was brought down, Chelsea’s appeals for a penalty were turned down, but Lukaku was fouled minutes later by Lasse Nielsen, and the Italy international hopped, skipped, and jumped his way onto the scoresheet from the spot.
The Belgian’s night, however, was cut short when he limped away with an ankle injury. Just before halftime, his replacement, Kai Havertz, came close to adding a third goal for the Blues, but the angle was too narrow to get it past Dahlin’s near post.
Following his own injury, Werner had to be replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the two subs combined to score Chelsea’s third goal almost immediately after the break. The winger slid past Havertz to chip over Ismael Diawara, who was on the bench, and his effort rolled in off the post.
Just before the hour mark, Eric Larsson pushed Antonio Rudiger over from close range, and Chelsea were awarded a penalty, which Jorginho took without hesitation.
Thomas Tuchel’s team kept possession of the ball for the rest of the game, but they did not have to because the job was done well before the final whistle.
Chelsea’s European title defence appears to be on track. Although the injuries to Lukaku and Werner will cause them concern in the short term, they have an enviable depth in their squad that few can boast about. And, with Tuchel handling all the tactical aspects, there is a lot of Chelsea to look forward to.