Chelsea started slowly but by the end had utterly dominated the toothless Italian champions AC Milan by defeating them 3-0
Graham Potter is interviewed by BT Sport. “It was a successful night for us. We have to play well. The players’ attitude and application were outstanding. It was a crucial victory for us. We started off a little nervous because we wanted to do so well, but you could see the players’ hunger. We took hold of it, posed a danger, and pushed ahead of the objective. Overall, I have no complaints. A clean sheet, three goals, and the players’ personalities were excellent. We still have a long way to go in the competition, and we’ll see how things go next week.”
He also says Wesley Fofana will get a scan on his damaged knee tomorrow, but there’s nothing further to add tonight.
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BT interviews Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. “They played well in the first half, so it wasn’t an easy game.” But we maintained a high level of energy and were dominant and confident. I’m in a nice mood. The first goal was crucial because it provided us some power and confidence to continue playing the game. We understood what we had to do against Milan, who have excellent forwards, and our defenders performed admirably tonight. The vibe is extremely nice right now, and we’ll strive to maintain it that way.”
A unusual encounter in which Milan dominated for the opening 20 minutes or so. Then Chelsea pressed them back and put their defense to the test, which was proved to be woefully inadequate. Thiago Silva won a succession of headers before Wesley Fofana blasted his first Chelsea goal into the net, putting the home side in complete control. Second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James enhanced a scoreline that doesn’t reflect well on Chelsea. Milan was an impotent wreck by the conclusion of the evening.