Chelsea clinch vital win over Schalke

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Chelsea went to Germany three points behind group leaders Schalke, needing a win to go top and try and banish their opening day loss to Basel from their recent memories.

Cesar Azpilicueta came in for Ryan Bertrand at left back and Samuel Eto'o, fresh from scoring his first goal for the Blues, was replaced by Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard up front proved Jose Mourinho was right to start him ahead of Eto'o within five minutes. Frank Lampard's corner from the left was knocked on by Branislav Ivanovic at the front post to the back. Torres lost his man and headed into the empty net.

Schalke pressured well for the rest of the first half, but were unable to beat a determined Chelsea defence. Something needed to change for Chelsea, or they could find themselves in bother in the second half. And something did change.

Chelsea needed to get more involved in the game in the midfield area. By doing this they created themselves more chances. Torres saw a very powerful header of his smash off the crossbar, as it looked destined for the top corner.

Schalke pressed more as they searched for an equaliser, but they exposed themselves to one of the best counter attacking teams in the world at this present moment. Eden Hazard latched onto a sloppy pass in his own half, and soon Chelsea were attacking with 3 v 2.

Oscar took the ball from Hazard just inside the Schalke half. The Brazilian took on the lone centre-back, Matip, and managed to square the ball to Torres on the edge of the area. Torres took one touch and made the keeper slip, and he just slotted the ball home. 

Towards the end something similar happened. Hazard gathered the ball at the half way after an exquisite pass from Ramires. The Belgian was faced one on one with the only Schalke defender in sight.

Torres made a clever run from left to right behind Hazard to confuse the defender and Hazard was clean through to take his shot past the helpless keeper into the far bottom corner.

A great victory for Chelsea as they go top of their group, and a good confidence boost ahead of a tough match against Manchester City this Sunday.

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