The Chelsea manager, Dennis Wise, spoke of his delight when the draw was made for the quarter final stage of the Champions League as his side managed to avoid the likes of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The biggest surprise of the draw is that Belgian side Club Brugge were even in the draw. The underdogs had managed to bypass Borussia Dortmund on the away goal ruling and earned their place in the quarter final draw. Wise was even more made up at the fact that his side would be playing at home for the first leg. He took the opportunity to thank the fans for their incredible support in his first year as Chelsea manager. He suggested that at times the fans had been the twelfth man when the club had found it hard to get into matches and their encouragement meant they came away with all three points in all their Premier League and Champions League games so far this season.
Chelsea paid back their fans support with the 3-1 beating of Club Brugge in front of a packed stadium. It didn’t take them long neither as Juan Mata slotted their first goal within nine minutes of the kick off. Goals from Gary Cahill and Robert Lewandowski followed shortly after and these goals appeared to put the tie beyond doubt. Mohammed Tchite appeared to give the Belgian side a glimmer of hope with a late goal which will see them go into the next round with what could be a crucial away goal.
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The second leg of the tie was a much calmer affair in terms of goals scored but instead we saw more cards shown and players injured. Unfortunately for Club Brugge the cards (with one being a red) and players injured occurred within their team. The changes that had to be made appeared to disrupt their squad harmony and made it a much more comfortable game for Chelsea. An early goal from John Terry sealed Chelsea’s position in the semi final of the competition. Having already won three competitions so far this season there is high confidence around Stamford Bridge that they may just be able to retain their Champions League trophy.
The only unfortunate incident for Chelsea in the second leg was an injury sustained by John Terry shortly after he scored. News has reached the media that Terry will be sidelined for up to three weeks after suffering a twisted ankle. The Chelsea fans have expressed their concern at the poor standards of their club’s physiotherapy team if players are being kept out of the game for such a long time after such a minor injury. Wise has responded to this criticism and has explained that the physio team was one that was not changed at the beginning of the season and is one that he has full confidence in.
John Terry will be disappointed to miss out on the upcoming game against Manchester City in the semi final of FA Cup.