Chelsea reach Champions League quarter-finals
Graham Potter had his best game in charge of Chelsea as they overturned a first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
After Chelsea’s significant outlay in the transfer market and a string of poor results, Potter was under a ton of pressure. However, he will be hoping that the manner of this performance and Chelsea’s advancement into the elite competition will bring some calm and security to Stamford Bridge.
Raheem Sterling finally broke through for Chelsea after 43 minutes, firing past Dortmund goalkeeper Alexander Meyer after initially fluffing his shot. Chelsea completely deserved their victory, but they missed a number of significant chances prior to that.
Disputedly, eight minutes after the half, Dortmund scored from the penalty spot to end the match and reverse the score of 1-0 from the first game.
Dortmund was incensed when a VAR review found Marius Wolf guilty of handball following a Ben Chilwell cross, and their sense of injustice only increased when Kai Havertz’s penalty attempt hit the wall and a re-take was mandated.
Havertz was flawless this time, and Chelsea advanced to the round of eight.