Chelsea cruise, Lyon stretch Real
For the first time in months, Chelsea resembled a team on Tuesday, and though FC Copenhagen were easy meat the Londoners returned from their 2-0 Champions League victory with plenty of food for thought.sports Updated: Feb 24, 2011 01:35 IST
For the first time in months, Chelsea resembled a team on Tuesday, and though FC Copenhagen were easy meat the Londoners returned from their 2-0 Champions League victory with plenty of food for thought.
The Danes looked to be still in winter hibernation, not having played a competitive match since December they failed to put Chelsea under any real pressure and can just about write off the last-16 tie.
Chelsea, out of the FA Cup and trailing leaders Manchester United by 12 points in the Premier League, needed a good result and, just as importantly, needed to find some cohesion.
They got both via Ancelotti's decision to revert to a 4-4-2 formation that accommodated Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka but left Didier Drogba out in the cold.
Anelka showed his worth with both goals, both expertly finished, to take his tally to seven in his last six Champions League games.
Though Torres still laboured with a heavy touch he did show the green shoots of a partnership with the Frenchman.
Florent Malouda and Ramires, who seems to be improving with every match after taking an age to adapt to the English game, were the wide men and though they were hardly Gareth Bale or Theo Walcott, they did generally maintain their shape with Frank Lampard and Michel Essien in the middle.
Gomis strike could prove crucial
All the talk was about Karim Benzema coming back to haunt his ex-side after Olympique Lyon's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday but Bafetimbi Gomis's equaliser for the hosts hijacked the show.
Substitute Benzema scored with almost his first touch on 65 minutes to put Real 1-0 up in the CL last 16 first leg but Gomis netted seven minutes from time to stretch Lyon's unbeaten run against the Spaniards to seven games.