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Chelsea and Sevilla are through to the second round of the Champions League, as both teams got a win in their games against Rennes and Krasnodar respectively.
A 2-1 win for Chelsea courtesy of a late Olivier Giroud goal ensured that the Blues seal a round of 16 qualification, as well as maintain their grip on top of the table.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted after the game that he was happy with sealing passage to the next round, but insisted that the next step is to qualify as group leaders.
“I’m very happy to qualify with two games to spare,” Lampard after the game.
“We want to try and top the group, but it was a really tough match for us. Rennes are an underrated team. We played well for big spells and it was a tough, hard-fought win for us.
“We played really well in the first half-hour. The attitude of the players during tough times, a lot of defending against a big, physical team, and then the reaction after their goal. Our desire to try and score a winner, when we knew a draw wasn’t the worst result, made really happy. It shows the strength of the group. It has to continue.
“The players that came on and made an impact and helped us win the game. That also strengthens the group as a whole.”