Chelsea are through to the Europa League round of 16 after beating Swedish side Malmo 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea won the two legged tie 5-1 having beaten Malmo 2-1 away from home, and the Blues now progress to the next round and will be hoping to avoid heavyweights like Inter Milan, Arsenal, Valencia and Napoli who are still in the competition.
After a nervy start against Malmo following the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, second-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and youngster Callum Hudson-odoi settled the nerves at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud who has now scored five goals in six appearances in this competition scored the first goal for Chelsea, and he said after the game: “We needed a good win tonight and especially to be strong defensively. And we’ve been efficient up front so it’s been a good night for us.
“We were expecting them to press us a bit high, it was difficult for us to find solutions but we kept going.
Our manager said we needed to play more quickly and that’s what we did in the second half. They ran a lot in the first half and we knew we’d get a bit tied. It’s good for the confidence but now we need a bit of momentum and it’s going to be a different game at Wembley, a final.”
For Hudson-Odoi, he had a good game and was exciting whenever he had the ball. He said after the game: “Happy with the result today. I think all the boys worked really hard. Our mentality was strong, we knew they’d come out strongly.
“I’m happy with the goal and the good work the team did today. Hopefully I did well and made an impact on the game as well.”