Chelsea scraped past Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the second game of their 2019/20 Champions League adventure last night, beating the French side 2-1 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
After Tammy Abraham initially opened the scoring for the visitors on the 22nd minute, the hosts drew level through Victor Osimhen just 11 minutes later.
The game remained level right up until the 77th minute, when a Willian goal clinched a valuable three points for the Blues, which now sees Frank Lampard’s men sit third in Group H at this early stage of the competition.
One player whose performance may have gone unnoticed last night, though he did put in an extremely solid display, was young defender Fikayo Tomori.
The 21-year-old, who has now broken into the senior side at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard, was awarded an overall rating of 7.69/10 from WhoScored for his performance in west London.
The Canadian-born centre-half made a total of five tackles – more than any other Chelsea player – and completed six accurate long balls. Tomori also registered a hugely impressive 87.5% pass completion rate against Lille (per WhoScored), further proving that he is more than capable at performing at the very highest level.
Blues boss Frank Lampard said after the game that Tomori’s performance was ‘outstanding’ (BT Sport via Metro), with it now looking a certainty that the former Derby County loanee will again line up in the heart of Chelsea’s defence against Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.
Having played 90 minutes in all six of Chelsea’s previous six games (per Transfermarkt), Tomori is really beginning to establish himself as a top flight defender, and with performances like the one he put in last night, it’s clear to understand why.
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