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Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Chelsea: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, UEFA Champions League 16 Feb 2023

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Borussia Dortmund managed to grind out an important 1-0 win over Chelsea last night in the first leg of their Champions League encounter.

It was a tight and tense affair in Germany but in the end, Borussia Dortmund managed to defeat Chelsea in what was their first meeting in European competition. Both are considered to be dark horses in the knockout stage but in equal measure, they still had a lot to prove.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the biggest takeaways we had from the game.

King Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi may be just 21 years old, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t already an incredible footballer. The youngster has been on fire for Dortmund in the midst of the current run they’re on and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. The solo goal he scored was gorgeous and it just proves that when you’re operating at this level, you really do need just one opening to make a difference.

Just can’t finish

21 shots, eight on target, and nothing is going in the back of the net. There are some serious problems that Chelsea need to deal with and Graham Potter knows that above anyone else. The Blues just cannot score and given some of the names they now have at their disposal in the final third, that’s unacceptable. This performance was a lot better than in recent weeks, but it still wasn’t good enough.

Inevitable?

We’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s inevitable that Dortmund will go through in the second leg. The gulf in confidence between these two clubs is so stark, and it actually made for uncomfortable viewing at times last night. Chelsea are going to have a strong Stamford Bridge crowd behind them but the atmosphere won’t be enough, and if Dortmund pick them off on the counter, you might want to start praying for Potter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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