Chelsea started their 2018/19 UEFA Europa League campaign in the best possible way with a 1-0 win over PAOK in Greece. A goal in the seventh minute from Willian was enough to secure three points which extends the Blues winning run to six games from the beginning of the Premier League season.
Glenn Hoddle was perplexed by Maurizio Sarri’s decision to field a strong starting XI against PAOK in the Europa League, saying that he wanted to see more of the club’s young talents instead.
On the back of last season’s lacklustre performances, Chelsea have to settle for Europa League football this term but after Friday’s draw, it might not be as bad as the fans first thought. The Blues had to wait for the final group to be pulled out of pot 1 and they were joined in Group L by BATE Borisov, PAOK and Vidi.
Chelsea will most likely be playing their European football in the Europa League next season, after a poor Premier League campaign has seen them take a hard fall from grace. Things have not worked out well for Antonio Conte’s side in their defence of the title, which has also seen them fall out of the top four.
If Antonio Conte’s latest comments are to be taken to heart, then Chelsea were never really meant to have a great season in 2017/18.