Last night in the Champions League, it was time for two of the British teams in the competition to show Europe how both talent and desire can help you win. Chelsea’s late 3-2 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk Chelsea was arguably overshadowed by Celtic’s remarkable victory against Barcelona. Yet, if it wasn’t for the dramatic affair at Celtic Park, many would have been discussing the significance of this win for the Blues. It was a lucky escape for Roberto Di Matteo’s side, whose Champions League chances were dwindling until a late goal by Victor Moses snatched the win.
For the neutrals, Chelsea’s performances this season have been in stark contrast to their counter-attacking tactics last year. The flair that their owner has so eagerly anticipated seems to have finally come to fruition. In their encounter with Shakhtar, it was Chelsea’s new generation who showed once again the attacking flair of this vibrant Chelsea side. They played against a Shakhtar team brimming with confidence, even as they went behind twice. The Ukrainian side managed to reply after two strikes from their Brazilian winger Willian, who was supposedly a potential signing for the Blues last summer.
The West London side would have been pleased to see Fernando Torres show his improving form by opening the scoring, but it was Oscar who won the plaudits for his wonder strike. After the Shakhtar goalkeeper Pyatov ran outside his box and failed to head the ball into safety, Oscar composed himself and with perfect precision scored a 40 yard stunner. For those who thought that his previous strike in this competition, against Juventus, was fortunate, the quality of this goal may stand against them.
Yet, that spectacular finish did not prove to be the winner and as it looked like Chelsea would come away with a 2-2 draw, the talented 21-year-old Victor Moses made sure that his team stole the points with an inch perfect header in the 94th minute, and virtually the last kick of the game.
Without the Chelsea stalwarts such as Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry, of previous years, the team still managed to fight for victory with the same unbeaten mentality. Whilst the new Chelsea boys showed off the talent that they have brought to the side.
Di Matteo would have been a relieved man, as now the current champions have a real chance to qualify from their group. It will be extremely close, yet with a team that can surely challenge for the Premier League title also this season, the Blues have every chance to do well in Europe once again.