Champions League: Havertz, Pulisic Put Chelsea In Driver’s Seat Against Lille

Chelsea took control of their Champions League last-16 tie against Lille with a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.

Havertz headed in Hakim Ziyech‘s corner after eight minutes and Pulisic was the beneficiary of a superb run and pass from N’Golo Kante in the 63rd minute as the Blues secured a crucial first-leg advantage.

Thomas Tuchel‘s side will expect to complete their progress to the quarterfinals when they travel to France for the second leg on 16 March.

The only negatives on a good night for Chelsea and manager Tuchel were injuries to Ziyech and midfielder Mateo Kovacic ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley.

“I should have subbed Mateo at half-time,” Tuchel told BT Sport. “I have not spoken to the doctor about Hakim and hope it is not serious. Today is Tuesday, there are a lot of days to recover until Sunday. I hope they will be ready for Sunday.”