Goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi sealed a 3-0 win for Chelsea over Malmo at Stamford Bridge as the Blues advance to the round of 16 after winning this fixture 5-1 on aggregate.
Malmo boss Uwe Rosler was full of praise for his players after their performance against Chelsea, as the Swedish side made life difficult for the Blues in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Rosler said after the game: “I would like to thank my players, we got out of the group and went toe to toe with Chelsea. We started well, Chelsea were short on confidence. Those periods we didn’t create chance after chance, we would’ve liked to scored but didn’t.
“We couldn’t establish more play but at half time it was 0-0 and that was pleasing.
“We stood two metres away from the cross and their counter killed the game.
“We will learn so much out of those games.”
He went on: “we started really well, Chelsea were surprised at that. Players got too much confidence from our start. I didn’t hold my players back, but the counter attack decided the game.”
Manchester City defeated Chelsea 6-0 at Etihad just a fortnight ago, and both teams will meet again in the League Cup final this weekend.
Rosler who’s a former Manchester City player admitted he was delighted to see his former club beat Chelsea and has now hinted that despite Chelsea’s performance against his side, City will be a bigger test for Chelsea.
Asked if Chelsea can revenge the 6-0 beating, Rosler said: “What do you want me to say? Shall I be honest? City is another calibre to us, but I just want to talk about my players. City will ask more questions of Chelsea.”
Sarri himself admitted that it will be a disaster if Chelsea start in same manner against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.
He said: “It will be a disaster. I am worried about the first 30 minutes, only for the offensive phase. We cannot play our football without confidence but the level of application was good.”