AC Milan vs Chelsea Result: Champions League Score, Goals, Report

One of those nights when Chelsea let everything go and the way to the round of 16 is clear. A trip to the San Siro wasn’t as challenging as it seemed or used to be, but it wasn’t quite as Milan are now a notch or two below Graham Potter’s side. The truth was that it was all going against the Italian champions in that Group E interlude and Chelsea went all out for a 2-0 win.

It’s something that’s already become impressive in these early days of the Potter tenure, and why what would otherwise become a routine group stage win had real merit. If this ensured that it was one of those games that ebbs into history, except as a result in the records, it would at least fit Fikayo Tomori. How could the Milan defender forget that.

Tomori completed a dismal brace against his former club after a poor performance in the first game with a red card just 19 minutes here.

It was admittedly a controversial decision and can lead to a fair discussion of whether this game would have been as comfortable for Chelsea had Tomori stayed. Milan certainly insisted he should do it. The home side had arguably been the better team up to that point and had actually played against Chelsea, so Mason Mount’s sudden breakthrough arguably caught their defense by surprise.

Tomori tried to go around the midfielder and pulled him in the process, Mount went down for a penalty. As the strictness of the law dictated that this meant denying a scoring opportunity when it was indeed a foul – and Mount had taken a shot as he fell – it meant Tomori had to go.

The main question was whether it should have been counted as a foul at all. There was no doubt that it dictated the entire game. It certainly killed a boring second half.

It was as if the Milan players knew this was their chance as more cards came out as they protested with the overbearing Daniel Siebert. The penalty was even delayed while fans from the rowdy Curva Sud rushed forward to shout insults. None of this upset Jorginho, who had already received a few extra boos over his Napoli story. He rolled the ball into the corner in typical fashion.

Fikayo Tomori pleads the referee’s innocence

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Milan, showing the promise of Stefano Pioli’s management that the team is much more than what they said in that doubles game, reacted well. They even remained the better site for spells. You should be level soon after.

Another ex-Chelsea player had a moment almost as bad as Tomori’s. Olivier Giroud did remain on the pitch before being later substituted, but putting the ball so wide off the field from such a promising position may have had a lot to do with the latter.

In the 27th minute, Brahim Diaz put down a nice cross that just had to be headed into the corner. Giroud, completely unmarked and in the best position, couldn’t do that. The France international somehow went well and that was pretty much it for Milan.

Jorginho converts a penalty and puts Chelsea ahead

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Within minutes, in one of the few life thrusts Chelsea showed during the game, Potter’s side had broken down Pioli’s defense.

It was in some ways the most encouraging moment we’ve seen from the new manager’s team. A series of angled passes saw Chelsea straight through Milan, Mount bringing it in before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came on to simply corner the ball.

Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the second goal

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If Chelsea can make that kind of cut on a regular basis to really complement Potter’s clever tactical structure, then we can start to see a really serious team.

They’ve already shown their growth, bouncing back from a terrible start – and a stunning opening draw for Potter – to win the two nominally toughest games in the group.

That wasn’t entirely Milan’s fault either, as this wasn’t a game in which they were lucky. Chelsea more than did it though.

This epic stadium didn’t offer the challenge it should have. This group doesn’t seem to either.

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