Huddersfield Town came to this match with a big target in mind – survival in the Premier League. Chelsea, on the other hand, desperately required three points to keep their hopes alive for a Champions League spot. In the end, the away side will be happier as Chelsea vs Huddersfield finished with the scoreline of 1-1.
Let us now take a look at the main events of the match.
Chelsea vs Huddersfield – Main events:
Chelsea (3-4-3): Willy Caballero; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta; Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Davide Zappacosta (Olivier Giroud, 54′); Pedro (Eden Hazard, 59′), Alvaro Morata, Willian.
Huddersfield Town (3-5-2): Jonas Lossl; Chris Lowe (Hadergjonaj, 62′), Terence Kongolo, Christopher Schindler, Zanka, Tommy Smith (Scott Malone, 85′); Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg, Philip Billing; Laurent Depoitre, Rajiv van La Parra (Alex Pritchard, 53′).
Goals: Depoitre (50′), Alonso (62′).
Yellow card: Lossl (88′).
The home side started brightly, even with the absence of Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud in the first eleven. Within the first quarter of the match, Alonso and Rudiger got great opportunities to find the breakthrough, but Lossl saved the left-back’s shot while Rudiger missed a sitter from inches out of the goal.
For the rest of the first half, Chelsea tried to maintain possession and attack time and again. But, every time, their efforts fell short in front of an effective five-back-defense of the Terriers. The best chance of the half came to Morata, minutes before the halftime whistle. The Spaniard got an amazing ball from Kante, and he successfully got around Lossl, only to put the ball away from the goal. The scoreline of the Chelsea vs Huddersfield fixture remained 0-0 at the break, and David Wagner surely had several reasons to hope for a favourable outcome.
And the Huddersfield boss had more reasons to be elated in the beginning of the second half. Right after stopping a dangerous-looking Chelsea attack, Mooy sent a delicious high ball to the Blues box. An unmarked Depoitre had to beat an onrushing Caballero and he did that successfully. After that, it was all about putting the ball into the nets, and the striker made no mistake at that. The visitors got the welcome goal that was needed to save their glory for the next season.
Conte had to bring Hazard and Giroud into the action right after the goal, and luckily for him, the hosts got the equalizer shortly after. However, it was an unfortunate goal for the Terriers. When Azpilicueta fired in a cross inside the Huddersfield box, Zanka tried to clear it, but he could only hit Alonso’s face, and the ball found its safe haven. The score was tied at 1-1, and Chelsea still needed another goal to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Last ten minutes or so were feverish for the away side, as the Blues continued to attack time and again. Around the 83rd minute mark, an effort from Christensen hit the post. Six minutes later, Lossl made back to back stunning saves, and in the very next minute, Giroud’s bicycle kick stayed out of the target. Eventually, after the stoppage time, the scoreline remained 1-1, and Huddersfield player were rightly jubilant with the result.
Chelsea vs Huddersfield stats:
|Shots (on target)||22 (5)||3 (2)|
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