Chelsea have a comfortable advantage heading into next week’s second leg Europa League clash against Dynamo Kiev having defeated the Ukrainian side 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
Chelsea were by far the better side in the first-half, and the Blues could easily have ended the half 3-0 up. Pedro could easily have scored a hat-trick in the first-half, but the Spaniard spurned two other chances with Kiev goalkeeper Denys Boyko in great form.
The second-half was a different affair as the Ukrainian side were a different outlook in the second period. The game was much more balanced as Dynamo Kiev played Chelsea with intensity, but at the end further goals from Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi gave Chelsea the desired victory.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased by his side’s display at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a convincing victory.
He said: “We played a very good match, without conceding anything to our opponents.
“We played very well in the first half. I didn’t like the ten mins after 2-0. We lowered our intensity. But the third goal is really very important.
“Of course we still need to play the second leg and be careful. We need a high level in the second leg.”
Sarri has warned that there shouldn’t be complacency heading into next week’s return leg as he urged his side that the game isn’t over.
“The result is a good result,” he said. “We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half.
“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify.
“If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention.”