Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Chelsea: 3 lessons learned

João Félix of Chelsea (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
João Félix of Chelsea (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) /
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João Félix of Chelsea (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) /

After losing to Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Wednesday night at Signal Iduna Park, Chelsea has a lot of work to do. Despite controlling the majority of the action, the Blues were hurt by a quick German counterattack, regretting missed opportunities and facing a difficult task at Stamford Bridge in the return leg next month. That goal from the rapid, Karim Adeyemi, being the difference.

Both teams created excellent opportunities in the first half but failed to capitalize on them. Joao Felix hit the crossbar for the Blues, and in the waning seconds of the first half, Dortmund RB Marius Wolf saw his shot flash across the goal. Everything except the decisive goal was missing at the half, leaving Chelsea’s head coach, Graham Potter, to wonder how his team weren’t at least one up.

The Blues came out of the break strong, unlike the response after the half time break against West Ham. And CFC continued to look threatening but were absolutely toothless in front of of goal in general. BVB shot-stopper and Swiss International, Gregor Kobel, denied the blues many chances, and in my opinion, a man of the match deserving performance. The hosts scored the only goal of the leg directly from a Chelsea corner, with Karim Adeyemi beating Enzo Fernandez with his blistering pace, and slotting into an empty net after successfully rounding the Chelsea keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga. The English side will host the ‘die Schwarzgelben’ club in the reverse tie, at the bridge, on the 7th of Match.