Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw in their Europa League group game against Vidi on Thursday evening.
The Blues were attempting to go through the entire group stage with a 100 per cent record and their task got off to a good start.
Willian was fouled outside the area in the 30th minute and he got to his feet to dispatch a superb free-kick beyond Adam Kovacsik in the Vidi goal.
From there, a rousing scoreline could have been expected. But Chelsea’s lead lasted just a matter of minutes.
Vidi sent in a dangerous corner that found its way to Ethan Ampadu in the six yard box. The 18-year-old tried to clear but he could only deflect the ball past Willy Caballero.
The hosts went in front in the second half through Loic Nego's excellent volley but Olivier Giroud's free-kick in the 74th minute levelled the tie.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri won't be too bothered by the result but he will be concerned by the injury that forced Alvaro Morata to exit the game early.
Morata came off with an injury
The Spaniard was handed a start in Hungary but he would last only 45 minutes before coming off with a knee injury.
It’s been a tough season for Morata - and it’s just got worse.
Chelsea fans will be looking for a response from the 26-year-old upon his return but their doubts over his mentality suggest there’s little confidence we will ever see the best of Morata at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea correspondent Simon Phillips summed up the feelings of many with his tweet after Morata’s injury.
“If Morata wants an example of a strong mentality, look at Ethan [Ampadu],” Phillips wrote.
“18-years old, scores an own goal - gets on with it and still remains composed and confident.
“If Alvaro did that he’d blame the ref, and the pigeon, and the grass, and the sky, and so on…”
Morata has opened up about seeing a psychologist to get over his difficult first season in England.
He’s responded by scoring seven goals in all competitions this season, which isn’t enough to convince anyone that he can lead the line for them on a weekly basis.
That said, his injury is bad news for Chelsea with a hectic Christmas schedule coming up.News Now - Sport News