Chelsea were back in form on Tuesday night when they beat their opponents, Steaua Bucharest, four goals to none in the group stage of 2013/14 European Championship competition.
Chelsea’s start to this year’s edition of the competition they won just last year was disappointing, to say the least, when they lost their first game to Basel of Switzerland at home two weeks ago.
As usual, the drama started about 24hours before the kick-off whistle was blown when Jose Mourinho walked out of a press conference held on Monday, day before the match.
Chelsea had no reason to underestimate their opponents who were the winners of the last encounter both teams had at that venue last year. Steaua won by a lone goal last year when the two teams met in the last 16 of the Europa League last year. Chelsea however overturned the deficit later at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had the first chance at scoring in the 3rd minute when a shot deflected into Mata’s path but he is forced wide by the opponent’s goalkeeper and couldn’t find a man with his cross from the goal line.
Chelsea’s first goal came off the legs of Ramires in the 19th minute after Eto’o mis-hit the ball but luckily for the blues Ramires was right behind him to poke the ball into the net.
Chelsea had another chance in the 27th but the Steaua defence were able to steer the ball away from the penalty box.
Chelsea’s second goal of the night was scored by Daniel Georgievski in the 44th minute. If his name doesn’t sound familiar that’s probably because he’s not a Chelsea player. He plays for Steaua and he put the ball into his team’s net, unintentionally, apparently, but the goal still counted….for Chelsea.
The second half started with the host substituting two of their players.
The double substitution was unfortunately not enough to prevent Chelsea from increasing their lead as Ramires scored again in the 55th minute with an assist from Oscar.
Steaua best threat at goal came in the 59th minute when a long range chip dipped late and forced Cech to tip the ball over the bar.
Home fans who had probably realised there was no redemption for their team and had left the stadium early were saved the humiliation of experiencing Chelsea’s fourth goal of the match scored by Frank Lampard in the 90th minute of the match.
Chelsea’s next game in the Champions League would be away to Schalke 04 on 22nd October.