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Chelsea played out a hard fought 1-1 draw with German side Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena, in the first leg of the Europa League clash.
The German side who are unbeaten at home in this competition this season had a bright start to the game and made life difficult for Chelsea before the in-form Luka Jovic scored the first goal just after 23 minutes into the game.
Pedro eased the tension by scoring the equaliser at the stroke of half-time as Chelsea took over the game in the second half.
Speaking after the game, Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta admitted that the team was in trouble due to the way the Germans started out.
Azpilicueta said: “At 1-0 down we were a bit in trouble but we ended the first half well and had more chances than them.
“We knew that we did not start well, we couldn’t cope with their pressure and conceded. ‘We scored at a good time which was important and the ambition of the team was to win the game in the second half. Jorginho is important for us to control the game.
“We have an away goal which is important but it is only the first step. Everything will be decided next Thursday.
“They are a dangerous team. The job started in September, now let’s finish it and bring our fans to Baku.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that the Blues had a poor start to the game, but revealed for most parts of the game, Chelsea were the better side.
The Italian told the media after the game: “We made a mistake in the first 20 minutes.
“My feeling from the bench was that we were playing only to manage the result, for the 0-0. We are not able to do that with our characteristics. The difficulty was a mental difficulty I think. We did not approach the match with the right mentality.
“Fortunately after the goal we started to play. We started to play after 25 minutes and we played very well until the 85th minute. We deserved to win for the number of goal opportunities. We were for 60 minutes in control of the match.
“1-1 away is not so bad. They are very dangerous at home, but unfortunately they are also very dangerous away. It depends on the second leg. We have to play at Stamford Bridge. We want the final, but we know we have to play a very good match next week.”