Vidi vs Chelsea 2-2 Match Report and Player Ratings article

Goals; Vidi- Ampadu O.G (32′), Nego (55′)

             Chelsea- Willian (30′), Giroud (75′)

Olivier Giroud’s wonder free kick goal was enough for Chelsea to maintain their unbeaten run in the Europa League, as they drew 2-2 away in Budapest against Vidi.

Chelsea weren’t too dominant at the start of the game, after both teams had chances to open the scoring with Vidi having chances through Nikolov and Nego to give Vidi a valuable 1-0 lead. Morata had the best early chance for Chelsea with a header from a corner which evaded Barkley and rolled into Kovacsik’s hands.

But, after a slow but positive start for both teams, Chelsea took the lead in the 30th minute when Willian’s driving run lead to a free-kick in a dangerous position. And from the resulting free-kick, Willian placed his shot on target which evaded Kovacsik in the Vidi goal to give the away side a 0-1 lead in Hungary.

However it didn’t take long for the hosts to respond, as from a corner in the 32nd minute, Juhasz flicked header was inadvertently turned into his own net by Ethan Ampadu to bring the hosts level at 1-1.

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Vidi looked the much better side as half-time approached and should have went 2-1 up when Nego’s shot after a lovely free-flowing Vidi move was well saved by Caballero.

Before half-time, Morata picked up a knee injury after an awkward landing  from his flicked chance at goal which rolled into the keepers arms, from a Callum-Hudson Odoi’s cross. Giroud replaced the Striker before half-time. Chelsea now only have 1 fit striker going into the busy Christmas period, highlighting the fact that they will need to strengthen in that area in the upcoming January transfer window…

Surprisingly the hosts started the second half better and had an early chance through Stopira which he headed over from a corner. Chelsea then went straight down the other end and Willian had 2 attempts well blocked by Vidi defenders. That End-to-End tempo carried on until the end of the game.

The hosts took a surprise lead in the 55th minute, when Milanov’s cross was met by Nego, who volleyed superbly past the helpless Caballero to give the Hungarian side a 2-1 advanatge in the final game in Group L.

After that goal, it was all Chelsea as they looked to push on an equaliser to stop their unbeaten record in the Europa League ending tonight in Hungary.

Giroud had 2 chances to get that equaliser for Chelsea, but his mistimed attempt and  bullet volley both missed the target. Pedro then had a scuffed effort in the 71st minute which rolled just wide of the Vidi goal. It looked like it wouldn’t be Chelsea’s day and that Vidi would record a famous win over the London club in Hungary.

Although in the 75th minute, Giroud’s attempt from a free kick curled and looped over the Vidi defender on his own goal line and in to the top corner to salvage Chelsea a point in Budapest.

Both teams then looked to win the game in the last few minutes, but neither team could find a winner and therefore the game ended in a 2-2 draw which would probably had satisfied both teams, as Vidi got a precious point against a big club, and Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record in Group L. However their 100% winning record in Group L ended tonight in Hungary.

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Mixed Fortunes for Chelsea youngsters tonight

Callum Hudson Odoi delivered a very promising performance tonight for the Blues in attack. However, at the opposite end of the pitch, Ampadu didn’t have a great performance tonight after he scored an own goal to level the game up for Vidi.

Chelsea now short on Striking Options

Chelsea only have two established strikers at the club – excluding those out on loan – and they could be down to one depending on the severity of Morata’s injury

Eden Hazard – who was rested for this game – started up front in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City and might be needed to reprise that same role again.

Chelsea Fringe Players fail to impress

Players like Emerson Palmieri, Ross Barkley, Davide Zappacosta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabregas did little to stake a place in the first-choice line-up. Will Sarri use any of these players for the weekend? The only players that could be used by Sarri on the weekend are the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Barkley, but Sarri is more than likely to play a midfield 3 of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic away at the Amex Stadium on the weekend.

Match Statistics

                                 Vidi                         Chelsea

Possession (%)       24                                76

Shots                          6                                  18

Shots on target          3                                   5

Corners                        3                                   11

Fouls                             15                                  14

 

Manager Comments (Source- Chelsea’s Official Twitter)

Chelsea Manager- Maurizio Sarri;

 Maurizio Sarri said at his post-match press conference that he was very happy with his players’ character having gone behind, adding there were however plenty of mistakes from a tactical point of view.

Sarri said that  he doesn’t think the injury Alvaro Morata picked up is too serious, but we will find out more tomorrow. The Italian admitted that  he was very pleased with the performances of Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi tonight, pointing out the number of changes we made to the team as a whole made it harder for them.

Player/Manager Ratings

Vidi FC (4-3-2-1)

Kovacsik- 5 (Didn’t make any noticeable saves in the game)

Fiola- 8 (Excellent defending against the likes of Willian and Hudson-Odoi)

Juhász- 7 (Solid defending and got the assists for Ampadu’s own goal with his flicked header)

Vinicius- 6 (For the most parts was solid)

Stopira- 7 (Made good runs going forward)

Nego- 9 (MOTM) (Excellent goal and excellent performance)

Hadzic- 5 (Average)

Nikolov- 6 (Solid)

Milanov- 7 (Got the assist for Nego’s wonder goal)

Huszti- 6 (Contributed to Vidi’s positive attacking performance)

Scepovic- 6 (d=Delivered the cross which eventually lead to Ampadu’s own goal)

Subs;

Kovács- 5 (Didn’t impact the game)

Hodzic- 5 (Didn’t impact the game)

Patkci- 5 (Didn’t impact the game)

 

Manager Rating: Marko Nikolic- 7- picked his best side which ended up getting a famous 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

Chelsea (4-3-3)

Caballero- 7 (Made a superb save by Nego in the first half)

Emerson- 6 (Good in the attacking sense. But a little suspect defensively)

Ampadu- 5 (Scored an own goal, but other than that, he was average)

Christensen- 5 (Average)

Zappacosta- 6 (Good in the attacking sense like Emerson but was suspect defensively)

Barkley- 6 (Won the free kick which Giroud scored from)

Fabregas- 5 (Slow in the midfield)

Loftus-Cheek- 7 (best out of the midfield 3)

Hudson-Odoi- 7 (Promising glimpses from the youngster)

Morata- 3 (Unfortunate to pick up an injury. But before the injury had such a negative body language and lazy attitude)

Willian- 8 (Excellent free-kick and looked Chelsea’s most dangerous player today)

Subs;

Giroud- 8 (Scored a wonder free kick but could have had a hatrick)

Pedro- 7 (Wasn’t as good as Willian)

Manager Rating: Maurizio Sarri- 6- Picked a good enough team to win the game. Also gave chances to a few Chelsea youngsters which was a positive.

Position in Europa League table

Chelsea finished this years group stages of the Europa League at the top of Group L, with a points total of 16 points with a goal difference of +9. Vidi failed to qualify for the knockout rounds as BATE claimed second spot after their impressive 1-3 win away in Greece against PAOK today. Vidi had to better the BATE result which was highly unlikely before the kick off due to the fact that they were playing Chelsea. Vidi therefore finished in 3rd place with a reasonable points total of 7 points. They had a goal difference of -2.

Next games for both teams

Both teams are next in League action at the weekend, with Chelsea taking on Brighton away in the Premier League on Sunday at 1:30pm (UK time). Vidi host Ferencvaros in the Hungarian League this Sunday at 7:15 (UK time). Vidi wont be in Europa League action now as they were knocked out. Chelsea on the other hand, will have to wait to see who they will face in the Round of 32. But potential teams that the Blues could face are the likes of Shaktar, Galatasaray, Brugges or Victoria Plzen.

By Danyal Khan

Check out the ABDHFootball podcast this Friday where we will discuss all the Champions League and Europa League action.

European Football Show – 1st December

Chelsea vs PAOK Europa League Match Preview: 29th November

Chelsea will be looking to tie up the group on Thursday and guarantee that they will top group L with a win over PAOK at Stamford Bridge at 8pm.

They will be looking to continue their  100% win record in Group L, which was in doubt in the last match for Chelsea in the Europa League, where a goal from Olivier Giroud was enough for Chelsea to see off BATE in Belarus.

On the Other hand, PAOK need a positive result from Stamford Bridge to keep their hopes of qualification from Group L alive, considering that they sit 3 points behind second-placed Vidi in Group L.

A failure to win at Stamford Bridge, coupled with a draw in the game between BATE and Vidi, would end PAOK’s European adventures for another year.  Victory for Vidi away at BATE in the early kickoff, meanwhile, will render this fixture a dead rubber for Razvan Lucescu‘s side.

Chelsea are currently in 1st place with 12 points and a positive goal difference of +5.

The reverse fixtures between the two sides in Greece on matchday 1 in the Europa League finished 1-0 to the blues with a Willian goal in the 7th minute being enough for the blues to pick up the 3 points in Greece.

Maurizio Sarri is expected to rotate his squad ahead of this group match on Thursday, considering that they play on Sunday in the London Derby against their neighbours Fulham in the Premier League.

This isn’t a must-win game for Sarri’s blues, but finishing the group early would mean that the Italian boss could use the youngsters like Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi in their last group game, away in Hungary against Vidi. So that should be the incentive for Sarri’ blues to get the job done on Thursday.

The Other incentive for Sarri’s blues is to get that Tottenham performance out of their system, so this group game provides them with an opportunity to bounce back.

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Form in the Europa League;

Chelsea-W/W/W/W

PAOK-  L/W/L/L

Team News

Chelsea

An injury knocked sustained by Eden Hazard aside, Sarri has a fully-fit squad to choose from on Thursday night.

A number of fringe players are likely to get the nod here, even if top spot is not yet secured, so the likes of Cesc FabregasPedroEmerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta should all return to the fold.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also in contention, a month on from scoring a hat-trick in a comfortable win against BATE here, while Olivier Giroud is expected to start instead of Alvaro Morata up top.

PAOK

In terms of the visitors, Mauricio may return alongside Pontus Wernbloom in defensive midfield if Lucescu continues to chop and change in that department.

Dimitris Pelkas is another in line to return on the back of the loss to Vidi, though Aleksandar Prijovic should continue to lead the line after following up his goal in Serbia’s win over Lithuania with a strike against Xanthi.

Meanwhile, Omar El Kaddouri is at risk of missing PAOK’s final game should he pick up a yellow card on Thursday evening.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Willian

PAOK possible starting lineup:
Paschalakis; Matos, Varela, Crespo, Tosca; Wernbloom, Mauricio; Limnios, Pelkas, Kaddouri; Prijovic

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Manager and Player Comments;

Chelsea Manager- Maurizio Sarri

Summary of the press conference (Credit: Nizaar Kinsella)

  1. Hazard injured, not seriously, Moses out too
  2. Hudson-Odoi in 18 vs PAOK, Sarri explained he needs to improve
  3. Jorginho-Kante won’t switch positions
  4. Sarri met every Chelsea  player after the loss to Spurs to discuss their “lack of determination”

Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud

Giroud on Spurs loss: “We were not mentally ready to play this kind of game. I don’t know [why]. If I had the answer maybe I could be in Sarri’s staff.”

Giroud on squad reaction to Spurs defeat: “It was a very disappointing result. The manager was not happy at all with our performance. We just want to take the defeat. It was our first defeat but it was hard to accept it.”

Giroud on understanding Sarri: “I think we understand his philosophy and how he wants us to play on the pitch. Basically, it is about following the ball, pressing high, being compact, but we didn’t do it against Spurs. So we have to come back to these principles.”

Giroud on three goals in four matches: “As a striker, it is always nice for confidence to score. I am not happy with the result but it is nice to come on the pitch and be efficient. I had different preparation because I came back [from France] after many in the team”

Giroud on fighting for starts at Chelsea: “It is quite tough for me in these past few weeks. I am a competitor and I want to be on the pitch to reach our targets and give my best. It is a big club with another good striker so the competition is quite fair.”

Giroud on change of position for Kante: “I think N’Golo can play in every single position in midfield. The manager’s philosophy means Jorginho and Cesc play an important part of our game. In the manager’s mind, N’Golo is more efficient to play box-to-box.”

Match Facts/ Head to Head Stats

Chelsea’s 1-0 win in Salonika on matchday one was the first meeting between these two clubs in a UEFA competition.

The English side are now unbeaten in five matches against Greek opposition and have won both home matches, most recently beating Olympiacos 3-0 in the 2007-08 Champions League last 16.

PAOK have a good record away to Premier League opposition, meanwhile, drawing 1-1 with Arsenal and winning 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur on their previous two visits to these shores.

Betting Odds/My Prediction

Sky Bet have made Chelsea clear favourites for this game with a Chelsea win being priced at 1/3. A draw between these two sides is being priced at 4/1. And an unexpected PAOK win at Stamford Bridge is being priced at 8/1.

I am going for a tight 2-1 win to Chelsea. I think they will bounce back after that Tottenham result, but due to the fact that PAOK needs a positive result at the Bridge to keep their hopes of qualification alive, I think they will give it all they got at Stamford Bridge. However, I think the quality of Chelsea will just show through, hence why I have gone for a Chelsea win.

By Danyal Khan

 

Neymar and Mbappe fit to face Liverpool in Champions League Showdown

The PSG stars were doubts following injuries picked up on international duty but Tuchel has confirmed both are fit to start. 

Neymar limped off early in Brazil’s 1-0 win against Cameroon last week whilst French starlet Kylian Mbappe sustained a shoulder injury in their 1-0 victory against Uruguay.

Both players trained with the PSG squad on Tuesday afternoon and Tuchel later stated in his press conference that: ‘Neymar is 100 per cent fit, as is Mbappe, and they will be in the line-up tomorrow.’

This will be a huge boost to the French champions who must get a result against Liverpool to keep their Champions League title hopes alive.

Defeat for the home side at the Parc des Princes tomorrow night, provided Napoli are able to beat Red Star Belgrade at the Stadio San Paolo, will mean another disappointing early Champions League exit for PSG, who are yet to win Europe’s most prestigious trophy.

Liverpool were able to get the better of PSG when the two sides faced each other at Anfield in September, with a late Roberto Fimino goal securing the reds a 3-2 victory.

However, Klopp’s men have struggled away from home in Europe this season and losses away to Napoli and Red Star Belgrade mean Liverpool’s hopes of progressing to the round of 16 also rely on getting a result tomorrow night.

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Team News

Mbappe and Neymar trained for PSG on Tuesday morning and Tuchel confirmed the pair are fit and ready to face Liverpool on Wednesday night.

For Liverpool, Sadio Mane trained on Tuesday morning and travelled with the squad to Paris after it was reported he may miss the clash due to illness.

Klopp said: “He will be fine. If he plays, we will see, but he is fine,

“Sadio was on the plane, so if nothing happened when I left the plane and went for one-and-a-half hours to the press conference… when I saw him last he was fine.”

Joe Gomez also returns to the Liverpool squad after he missed their 3-0 victory at Vicarge road on Saturday afternoon.

Notable absentees include Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke.

The reds boss said: “Adam Lallana is back in training on Thursday, but that is obviously after the game tomorrow,

“The issue is nothing anymore because he is on the way back; it was a minor muscle thing and nothing serious.

“Dom has a little groin issue, it happened in training.”

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What the managers said

The Liverpool boss looks forward to his side taking on the French champions and that believes his side are ready to get a result.

He said: “We are here, we didn’t ever think negatively about it, we were looking forward to the game in Paris.

“We don’t play here very often and it’s a big task. It’s just really exciting and the more difficult it is, the more I enjoy the preparation because you have to think about pretty much everything,

“We have to make sure that they are not that dominant against us. When we have our possession we [have to] do something smart with that. That’s all in two training sessions, actually one, today.

“The weather was not too good in Liverpool but the boys were 100 per cent focused for 60, 70 minutes on the pitch, fully concentrated and hopefully you can see that tomorrow night.”

The PSG boss highlighted the threat of Liverpool’s attacking talent: “We need to defend well against (Sadio) Mane, (Mohamed) Salah and (Roberto) Firmino.

“Firmino may play any position in attack so we have to adapt. What is key for us is to play with confidence and we play to win. A key thing for us is to pass the ball very fast and make swift decisions.”

He also demanded focus from his players as they prepare for the test of what Tuchel described as “one of the greatest teams in Europe”

He went on to say: ““There are still big steps for us and we have to make a big step tomorrow. If you search for the word ‘team’, you end up with Liverpool because they really play as one under Jurgen Klopp in every single game.

“There is a possibility we don’t win, but it is very important tomorrow we focus on winning. The bigger the game, the bigger the pressure, the more important is the focus.”

 

The last time Liverpool faced PSG in Paris was in the 1996/97 season in the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup where they suffered a 3-0 defeat.

Last year’s finalists will hope it’s a different story tomorrow night and that they’re able to secure their place in the round of 16.

Manchester United come from behind to secure 2-1 win against Juventus in Turin

A Juan Mata free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal was enough to give Manchester United the victory at the Allianz  Stadium.

After a goal-less first half, it was former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo with a stunning strike to put the home side ahead.

Leonardo Bonucci found the run of Ronaldo, who volleyed home with David De Gea unable to react.

But Juan Mata stepped up when it mattered and put United back on level terms with a wonderful free kick in the 86th minute.

Just three minutes later, Ashley Young curled in a dangerous cross which Wojciech Szczęsny was unable to deal with, it bounced off Alex Sandro and into the back of the net.

The Reds now sit second in Group H, just two points behind leaders Juventus.

Juventus have had an impressive start to their 18/19 Champions League campaign, winning all three of their previous fixtures and not conceding a single goal.

The home side had their chances throughout the first half, their best coming from a Ronaldo pull-back in the 35th minute which saw Sami Khedira’s shot bounce off the post.

The defeat would’ve been a huge disappointment to Allegri’s side after a dominant display and a world-class strike from their star man, Ronaldo.

But as we’ve seen a lot so far this season, Mourinho’s side dug deep and were able to capitalise on late chances, securing an 89th minute winner.

The United boss spoke very highly of his players after the game: “I know millions are happy with the win. But I respect Juventus and the quality they have. I am really proud of my boys because they did everything.”

“We had to come and not feel inferior. We were in a situation where we thought we needed to go to the last second of the match. The boys started really well and things were under control.”

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo – despite his side suffering an unfortunate defeat, it was a moment of brilliance from the Portuguese international that put them ahead.

After signing for Juventus for £99.2m in the summer, Ronaldo proved yet again why he is regarded as the best in the world, with his stunning volley winning him his first goal for the Italian side in the Champions League.

Ronaldo was a constant threat, but it was a testament to the solid defensive work from the Reds that nothing came from the chances.

 

BATE Borisov vs Chelsea Europa League Match Preview: 8th November

Chelsea will be looking to go 4 unbeaten in their Europa League campaign with a win over BATE Borisov at the Borisov Arena in Belarus.

BATE will be looking will be looking to upset the blues by beating Chelsea when they face off on Thursday at 5:55pm (UK time).

The reverse fixture between these two sides on the 25th October finished 3-1 to Chelsea with Ruben Loftus Cheek bagging a hat-trick in the process when these two sides met at Stamford Bridge.

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BATE are currently bottom of the group on goal difference with the same points as third and second place Vidi FC and PAOK, so they will see this game as one where they will have to get something out of to help them stand a chance of getting out of Group L.

Whereas for Chelsea, a win in this game will guarantee them a place in the next round of the Europa League – which would be useful for Maurizio Sarri as he could give younger players a chance in the remaining group games, such as Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu.

Form in the Europa League-

Chelsea- W/W/W

BATE- W/L/L

Team News

BATE Borisov

Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb will hope to start for BATE, as will Jasse Tuominen having played his part during Finland’s recent resurgence on the international scene.

Chelsea

Hazard has made just one substitute appearance since October 20, and it would come as a surprise if the winger did not play some part of Thursday’s match. However it has been discovered today that Hazard has travelled with the Chelsea squad to Belarus, so could he start? Or will Sarri put him on the bench, and only use him if they need to?

Willian could also feature ahead of Pedro having been substituted after an hour against Crystal Palace, and Sarri has suggested that Olivier Giroud will be ready to start ahead of Alvaro Morata after overcoming an injury problem.

Either Jorginho or N’Golo Kante are likely to be rested, giving Mateo KovacicCesc Fabregas and Loftus-Cheek the chance for more game time in the middle of the park.

Davide ZappacostaAndreas ChristensenGary Cahill and Emerson Palmieri are likely to make up the back four, with Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi potentially featuring on the bench.

Manager and Player comments

Chelsea manager- Maurizio Sarri

Sarri on leaving Morata at home: “He played for three matches in a row, so I thought it was better to rest at Cobham and have good training. The only problem is Fabregas who had a fever.”

Sarri on Hazard: “From our doctor there is no risk (in playing him tomorrow). In the last match he played 30 minutes, the best for tomorrow is that he plays 45 to 50 minutes.”

Chelsea player- Mateo Kovacic 

Kovacic: “The squad are in a perfect mood. We are doing well in the league and all competitions. Every game is an opportunity to show ourselves. We will be prepared to win the game.”
Kovacic on Chelsea: “It’s a good thing that we are unbeaten and not playing to our highest level. We need to improve a lot and we need to work on Sarri’s football. We are doing a great job. The team is great and have a great talent.”
Kovacic on improving on assists and goals: “As I have said before it is something I am missing. I am missing the goals and hope to improve on that. I am not watching so much myself, I want the team to do the best. But I need to improve in this aspect.”
Kovacic on Bate: “It will be a tough game. We are doing good but we have a chance to play a good game.”

Predicted line-ups

BATE Borisov possible starting lineup:
Scherbitski; Rios, Filipovic, Filipenko, Volodko; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Tuominen, Stasevich

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud and Hazard.

Match facts/ Head to Head

Thursday’s fixture will represent just the second competitive meeting between the sides, with October’s clash marking Chelsea’s first-ever clash against Belarusian opposition.

BATE have twice hosted English sides in this competition, with Everton having to come from behind to earn a 2-1 win back in 2009.

Arsenal resisted a late fightback from BATE to register a 4-2 triumph just over 13 months ago.

Betting Odds/My Prediction

Sky Bet have made Chelsea the favourites for this encounter in Belarus with a blues win being priced at 2/5. A draw between these two teams is being priced at 18/5. However, a surprise BATE Borisov win is being priced at 13/2.

My Prediction for this game is a 1-3 win to Chelsea. – Sarri and his squad will be aware that victory in Belarus will see qualification wrapped up with two games to spare, and that should lead to a professional performance from the Blues. BATE have enjoyed success at their home ground in the past, but we expect Chelsea to ease to a comfortable win.

By Danyal Khan