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Chelsea set to unleash exhilarating trio in Champions League after 20-minute trial

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Chelsea set to unleash exhilarating trio in Champions League after 20-minute trial

On Saturday, the second-half substitutions made by Thomas Tuchel against West Ham United were decisive.

After going down to Antonio’s opening goal, two of his five substitutes scored in the second half to complete a stunning comeback.

Ben Chilwell had a decisive run and finish to score the equalizer before setting up the game-winning goal for Kai Havertz in the 88th minute.

Armando Broja also provided a different dimension that unsettled West Ham’s defense, which had had a trouble-free afternoon prior to the Albanian’s entry, easily neutralizing the shorter attacking duo of Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic.

The normal spurt of energy from Mason Mount was present, as were his attempts to connect with Broja’s more clear focal point.

Jorginho’s laxity near his own box nearly cost Chelsea the game before Havertz’s goal, as his loss of possession led to Maxwell Cornet’s close-range header off Edouard Mendy’s post.

Even though Chelsea triumphed in dramatic manner, Tuchel’s starting lineup raised eyebrows, especially the withdrawal of Broja, who was expected to make his first Chelsea start after signing a new contract on Friday evening.

In the face of a well-structured low block against a physical opponent such as West Ham, Chelsea labored hard to create space.

The 20-year-old academy graduate immediately altered the game, creating a straight route into the box for off-ball action.

In the buildup to the game-winning goal, he displayed his positional versatility by moving wide before finding Chilwell with a pass.

Havertz’s conversion inside the box was the ideal response to the legitimate criticism he has received in the early weeks of this season, continuing his uncanny ability to score crucial goals for Chelsea in high-pressure situations.

The 23-year-old forward appeared more at ease with Broja as a central presence attracting opponents, giving Tuchel food for thought on his future positioning.

Similar to the previous weekend, there is a rapid turnaround between an emotionally draining Saturday matchup and a midweek away trip.

On Tuesday evening, the Blues will travel to the Croatian capital of Zagreb for their Champions League group opener.

Tuchel has witnessed his team display a few good moments and flashes of quality, but a lack of confidence.

After a difficult start, Tuesday provides an opportunity to potentially begin laying the groundwork for greater consistency. 

Chilwell, Havertz, and Broja have all established themselves as solid candidates to start on Tuesday in Zagreb; Tuchel will be hoping he will not have to rely on his bench again.

Chelsea set to unleash exhilarating trio in Champions League after 20-minute trial



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