It’s been a while since fans of English soccer were able to read this: It was a big day in Champions League for the Premier League. The circuit that’s seen their clubs struggle in recent tournaments posted a combined 6-0 in their two Tuesday matches, with Chelsea rebounding from opening round embarrassment while Arsenal posted one of the most impressive results of the young tournament.
We talked about Arsenal in a previous post, but for Chelsea, this was the first truly Mourinho-esque performance since their former boss returned this summer. On the road against an inferior opponent, Chelsea dominating from the beginning, the benefits of which truly emerged near the half-hour mark, after Ramires had already put them up one. Spending much of the half ripping apart Steaua’s right side, Chelsea doubled their lead just before intermission through a Daniel Georgievski own goal. Ramires and a Frank Lampard special in the second half gave the Blues a 4-0 win.
Borussia Dortmund were also on the right side of a route, downing Marseille 3-0, with Atlético Madrid putting up the day’s other impressive result, coming back from an early Jackson Martínez goal to post the first Champions League road win at Porto since 2009. Diego Godín and Arda Turan goals kept the Colchoneros unbeaten on the year, earning Diego Simeone’s side a 2-1 win at the Dragão.
In the day’s other games, Barcelona and Schalke got road wins while Austria Wien and AC Milan earned valuable road draws. Barcelona’s result was noteworthy not only for its close nature, a Cesc Fabregas second half goal against 10 men the game’s only score, but also for the lopsided possession number: 82-18 in Barça’s favor.
Here are all the numbers, courtesy Opta and WhoScored.com:
|G||Zenit St. Petersburg-Austria Wein [FINAL]||0-0||19-18||4-5||57-43|