Chelsea progressed past Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday, but Olivier Giroud questioned their second-half display.
Olivier Giroud believes Chelsea allowed their intensity to drop in the second half of Thursday’s 4-3 Europa League win over Slavia Prague and that allowed the visitors to get back into the contest.
The Blues produced a brilliant first-half performance, finding themselves 4-1 up at the break thanks to a Pedro brace, Giroud’s strike and a comical Simon Deli own goal.
But Petr Sevcik scored two fine long-range efforts early in the second period, causing the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge to become extremely tetchy towards the end.
Chelsea ultimately did enough to advance 5-3 on aggregate, but their second-half display will have alarm bells ringing and undoubtedly give semi-final opponents Eintracht Frankfurt reason for optimism.
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“But this team never gives up and the last 10 minutes was box-to-box. It was a good fight and now we are in the semi-finals.”
Not only did Sevcik’s brace give Slavia greater encouragement, it proved to be a proud individual moment for him as a Chelsea supporter.
“It was a great experience for me,” he is quoted as saying by UEFA. “I am a lifelong fan of Chelsea and it was a fulfilled dream for me.
“I was a bit lucky, especially with my right-footed goal. But two goals against Chelsea, it is a dream.”