The Debrief: Kante’s shift reinforces defensive might and home comforts in Europe

Some of our most notable early opportunities, prior to Havertz’s headed opener, came through this route. The German spurned a great chance inside five minutes as he fired a cross from the captain over on the half-volley before forcing Lille goalkeeper Leo Jardim to expertly tip his next attempt around the post.

Those were two of our nine shots in total throughout the 90 minutes, compared to 15 overall for the visitors, although the quality of those chances were starkly different. All Chelsea shots came from inside the 18-yard box, while 60 per cent of Lille’s efforts came from outside the box and none from six yards or closer.