Halftime: 0: 0 FC Malmö Chelsea
Barkley's goal after half an hour, after Malmo made a mistake, Chelsea has taken a comfortable position. They controlled much of the first period, but Malmö remains a threat due to their organization, their sportiness and their vacillations. However, Sarri will be confident that if his team avoids dumb mistakes, they'll see through it and perhaps even contribute to their goal.
42 min : Chelsea calms things down and circulates the ball with slow precision. Everything very annoying for Malmö.
40 minutes : This is impressive from Malmö. They put Chelsea under pressure, recovering the ball with frenetic pressing and then attack with robust directness.
36 min. : After Kovacic is heavily punished, Malmö flies over a free kick close to the left corner flag. There is chaos in the Chelsea box! Twice Malmö players try to steer the ping ball towards the goal, and Chelsea manages to bundle it twice. But only to the expensive corner. Rosenberg misses the ball when he receives a free header in front of the goal, then Azpilicueta blocks a follow-up shot from the edge of the field.
34 min : Malmo does not look discouraged and the crowd remains in full voice. Christiansen tries to make the volume even louder by letting him fly from a height of almost 30 meters. A Chelsea player kinks on the way across the bar, giving the hosts a corner.
32 min. Unobtrusive game on the back of Chelsea, first by Azpilicueta and then by Pedro, who played a Malmö striker by accident , Fortunately for Chelsea, they were able to crawl and dislodge the player before deflecting a sensible 16-yard shot. Malmo 0: 1 Chelsea (Barkley 30)
Pedro rolled over a routine crossing from the right. Bengsston made an attempt to turn off the ball. Barkley responded quickly to bring the falling ball under control and then bring his feet into the net eight meters away.
27 min. : A foul on Emerson at the bottom left gives Chelsea another free kick in a dangerous position. William aims at Giroud as a hindpost. But the lap beats a foul before the ball even reaches it, David Luiz had obviously pushed a defender in the box.
25 min. : That's better from Chelsea! William makes a profit on the left and then delivers a great flank towards the back post. Giroud takes him on the chest, but is trumped by Bengsston, who enters and brings the ball to safety. Excellent defense.
24 mins : Chelsea spends a few minutes exploring, but can not find a gap in the busy center-back.
22 min. : Great control by Kovacic in midfield, followed by an equally fine pass on Pedro on the right. But the Spanish cross on the run destroys all that, the ball sails harmlessly into the grateful arms of the goalkeeper.
20 mins : A biting build by Chelsea until Kovacic loses possession on the edge of the Malmo box after making a good pass had to collect a pass from Giroud.
17 minutes : Malmo are, as announced, well organized and strong and dynamic. They really bother Chelsea when Sarri's team is in possession and can fire attacks quickly when they get it.
15 min. : There is a hint of defiance of the war in this competition: many annoying little fouls and various players show signs of frustration.
13 min. : An Oafische challenge from Christiansen against Barkley gives Chelsea a free kick on the left side. He rolls over a vibrator, which David Luiz meets about seven feet outside. The defender's efforts go a long way, and it would not have mattered as he stood aside.
11. Minute: Barkley lunges for a failed pass from the back of Malmö. Then his shot from 20 yards is deflected for a corner by Nielsen.
8 min. : Kovacic gives the ball in midfield with a sloppy pass. Suddenly Malmo breaks forward. Antonsson storms to the pits, with Kovacic in the pursuit, before drowning under a challenge from David Luiz on the outskirts of the area. The ref-waves continue to play and it seems like the right decision, because Antonsson met David Luiz and not vice versa.
6 min. : A smart short corner from Chelsea causes Willian to hit a low pass in the direction of Giroud struck by his marker in the Near the front post away and tries to direct the ball from eight meters distance to the gate. But there are too many bodies in the way and his shot lacks the strength.
5 mins : Emerson and Willian combine the left down before making a fake pass for Barkley, who comes to him on the byline , He pulls the ball back and hopes to find Giroud, but a Malmö defender comes first and clears.
1 minute : Malmo wins a corner almost instantly, as a shot from the left distracts Rieks from Azpilicueta. They bring it briefly to Safari, who passes William and goes to the long post. Jorginho forms an important block at the expense of another curve.
Before the kick-off, there is a well-watched applause dedicated to Emiliano Sala.
Here are the teams. The stadium is up to 24,000 spectators full. People make praising noise and some red firecrackers. Chelsea wears a completely yellow jersey for the teams, while Malmö wears an outfit that's pretty close to Manchester City's home jersey. These are their usual colors, but for the sake of argument we assume they are chasing Chelsea.
Regarding the defeat of the city: "We discussed this, of course, with the staff and players. However, this discussion must remain between the employees and the players.
He was asked if the Europa League is now the season's priority: "We also have to fight in the Premier League because our goal is the top four. We are very close. Europa League is a very difficult competition, but we will try. This is a tough game against a very solid team.
Regarding today's selection of the team, he says: "We think that we have to play four or five very important matches so we have to change. Today I prefer to have very strong players in the last 20 to 25 minutes on the bench.
A London club has lost today as Arsenal lost 1-0 to Bate Borisov. Sevilla, Internazionale and Benfica scored impressive away wins.
Traveling Chelsea fans, hoping to overcome their rejection in the performance of their team in Manchester, may have called for a visit to Malmo before the kick-off. Attraction decided. For example, the Museum of Disgusting Food, which asks visitors to check their perception of what is and is not tasty. The exhibits include Italian stuffed cheese, ammonia-scented shark from Iceland and maybe Ngolo ridge on the right wing.
by Sarri He has made five changes to the lineup that began the humiliation on Sunday in Manchester but is for Callum Hudson-Odoi still no place.
Malmö : Dahlin; Safari, Rieks, Bachirou, Traustason, Christiansen, Bengtsson, Nielsen, Vindheim, Antonsson, Rosenberg
Subs: Melicharek, Larsson, Binaku. Lewwicki, Strandberg, Ahmedhozic, Gall
Chelsea : Kepa; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Christensen, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Willian
Subtitles : Cabellero, Rüdiger, Kanté, Higuain, Hazard, Hudson-Odi, Zappacosta
Referee : A Kulbakov (Bul)
Technically speaking, this first leg match is Chelsea, which is trying to do well for next week's home game hope to make sure passage into the last 16 of the Europa League. More generally, Maurizio Sarri's team's mission today is to show consistency, sharpness and actual dignity after Manchester City's 6-0 spectacle on Sunday. The defeat was just the worst run, beating them 4-0 in Bournemouth and 2-0 in Arsenal. Can you finish your terrible away today? Or at least achieve the first away goal of the year? If not, expect more calls for Sarri, which will be replaced by someone who is more flexible and / or more able to motivate this odd team. On the other hand, a rousing victory could take a few more people Convinced that Sarri knows how to bring this amount together and receive more support.
Malmo began this season in the Champions League before leaving Vidi in the preliminary round, who later dropped out of the tournament and met Chelsea in the group stage of the competition. There they were annoying opponents (1-0 at Stamford Bridge and 2-2 at home, the only game that Chelsea had not win in this competition this season). Malmo has retired in the Europa League and had a decent European campaign. He finished second in his group under Genk, but over Besiktas and Sarpsborg. They are a hard-working and well-organized unit under coach Uwe Rösler and have lost none of their last eight home games in Europe. Her best player is 36-year-old Markus Rosenberg (zero goals in 28 appearances for West Brom half a decade ago). Of course it would be wrong to underestimate the hosts. Yadda Yadda Blah Blah Blah. Anything but a Chelsea victory would be embarrassing for the Premier League team.