Champions League: Chelsea overturns Borussia Dortmund deficit to advance to the quarter finals as Kai Havertz
|Raheem Sterling celebrates with Ben Chilwell after opening the scoring late in the first leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. It ended 2-0 and Chelsea won 2-1 on aggregate. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Chelsea beat Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals, turning around a 1-0 deficit in the first leg in Germany against all odds stacked against them.
The only way Chelsea can return to the Champions League next season is for the Blues to win the current campaign.
Borussia Dortmund was no doubt the better side on the night, but when you don’t score goals, you don’t win games.
Chelsea’s patience paid off late in the first half when Raheem Sterling found the back of the net to go level on aggregate, but it took a second-chance penalty by Kai Havertz.
Marius Wolf handled in the area, and the Germany international missed his first attempt but was allowed to replay it because the visitors encroached, but Chelsea must feel lucky with Ben Chillwell leading the encroachment.
What does this mean for Graham Potter? He needs a breather, and he’s getting one.
With back-to-back clean sheets in victories for the first time this year and a spot in the last eight of the Champions League, he can now focus on climbing in the league while getting the boys to gel for a Champions League push.
What's next for the other English team in the Champions League?
Tottenham is home to AC Milan on Wednesday and will also have to do what Chelsea did by overturning a 1-0 deficit.
It’s not insurmountable, but they must come through on the night.
Manchester City and Liverpool would play next week against RB Leipzig and Real Madrid, respectively, but it’s different kettles of fish for both sides as one earned a draw away from home in the first leg while the other lost scandalously at home.
Manchester City will be the favorites when Leipzig visits the Etihad next week after a 1-1 draw in Germany, but Liverpool lost 5-2 to Real Madrid from a 2-0 winning position.
Liverpool will hope the 7-0 win over Manchester United inspire them to a sensational comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu next week.