English football club side, Chelsea sealed a place in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday night by overcoming a first-leg deficit to defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) at Stamford Bridge.
Former Machester City star, Raheem Sterling opened the scoring just before halftime and Kai Havertz made the most of a second chance at an early second-half penalty.
Recall that Dortmund had led 1-0 after one leg through Karim Adeyemi, but Chelsea boss Graham Potter insisted that his team was very good in the game, just wasteful.
Chelsea joins Benfica in the hat for the last eight, while Dortmund refocuses itself on their pursuit of the Bundesliga crown.
Chelsea’s been through the ringer over the past two months, and almost all of it has been of its own doing.
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But there’s been some question as to whether Graham Potter should be to blame for the mix of new- and old Chelsea failing to find its finish despite finding real resolves in its own end.
Once Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 a few weeks ago, the Blues no longer had defensive strength on which to lean and some were saying ex-Brighton boss Potter was out of his depth and soon to be shown the door.
Potter had admitted his struggles to deal with the criticism lobbed his way, but he stayed in his line and kept encouraging his players to deliver the goods.
Nothing was going to come easy for the Blues, but Chelsea kept fighting and Potter deserves some credit for that.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the Blues are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League in any other matter than winning the competition, but the honest truth is that they very much have looked capable of that over 180 minutes versus a good Dortmund side.