This was one of the games on which our season’s success had to be decided. It was important to be in a comfortable position after the first leg knowing the problems team can face in Russia. The team delivered a master class performance showcasing some sublime & irresistible Football.
There were no surprises to the squad as players who were rested in midweek started as expected.
The game was put to bed in the first half only. We started the game looking very sharp and started creating chances from the go only. Ramsey put the ball into the net within 4 minutes which was deemed offside by the Ref. Ramsey then scored in the 9th minute after some brilliant play by the team thanks to Özil who was unplayable and bellerin who put a very good cross in for Aaron. Cska then equalised with a perfect free kick which was unstoppable after Koscielny fouled foolishly just outside the box. We scored our 2nd from the penalty spot through Lacazette after Özil was fouled in the box. Then 5 minutes later we probably scored our goal of the season through Ramsey, Özil spotted Ramseys late run in the box and put in a very precise cross which Ramsey finished Beautifully with a flick over the Keeper. It was a Delightful goal, one which will be remembered for quite some time. Then Lacazette finished his second after Özil created his second with a very good cross. Özil & Ramsey showed their class as they look unplayable.
Second half also we dominated and created numerous opportunities but couldn’t score. Lacazette and Ramsey came close to completing their hattrick but it didn’t come. It was a very positive performance where we looked Sharp & showed our attacking prowess with ease. We have to keep the same level for future matches as they will define our season.
FIRST TEAM :
Cech – 6.5
Didn’t had much to do & the goal we conceded was unstoppable. Looked good at times along with some shaky moments.
Bellerin – 7.5
Was good attacking outlet on the right as Özil kept drifting inside. Provided a good cross for our opener and wasn’t troubled much defensively. Has looked good in recent games.
Mustafi – 6
Had a good game but there were some nervy moments involved too.
Koscielny – 5.5
Didn’t have the best of games as he conceded a foolish free kick from which the opposition scored. Could have done better.
Monreal – 6.5
Good performance where he kept it nice & simple. Wasn’t troubled defensively & combined well with attackers.
Xhaka – 7.5
Had a solid game yet again. The thing that has most impressed me about his recent form is that he is more worried defensively than offensively now. Doesn’t make foolish decisions now & keeps it simple. This is the Xhaka we want to see. Keep it up granit!
Ramsey – 9.5
He was simply unplayable. Had a delightful game where he did everything right & scored a brace. His 2nd was one of a kind & 1st was also good. There was also that disallowed goal where showed his power & relentless running. Had numerous opportunities to complete his hattrick but it just didn’t came. Brilliant performance & we must do all to keep him at the club as he is very crucial.
Didn’t have the best of games. It was surprising as everything was according to his style of play & we played sublime football. Have to say that he doesn’t look at his best at no 10 position, nevertheless not a good display.
Mkhitaryan – 6.5
Didn’t get a goal or assist but combined well in our free flowing football. Had some chances which he should have buried but it was a good performance.
Özil – 10 (MOTM)
He simply ran the game with his intelligence. He was everywhere. Created so many opportunities for others & had so many chances for himself too. Got 2 assists & won us the penalty. Csk couldn’t handle him. He is simply different class.
Lacazette – 9
Got 2 goals & could have had more. Gelled well with everyone & was very good all round. Penalty was stonewall & the 2nd goal was also a brilliant finish. Missed an easy chance late on to complete his hattrick but he showed that he is back with more power.
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Tejasvi Bhandari ( @SaviAfc on Twitter )