Kai Havertz scores a penalty for his side against Borussia Dortmund
Kai Havertz converted his penalty at the second attempt

Graham Potter enjoyed his finest night as Chelsea manager as they overcame a first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Potter was under huge pressure after a dismal run of results following Chelsea’s huge outlay in the transfer market, but he will hope the manner of this performance and the advance into the latter stages of Europe’s elite competition will deliver a measure of calm and stability to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea fully deserved their win, although they squandered several big opportunities before Raheem Sterling made the breakthrough after 43 minutes, firing past Dortmund keeper Alexander Meyer after initially fluffing his shot.

The goal which settled the tie and overturned Dortmund’s 1-0 advantage from the first leg came in contentious fashion from the penalty spot eight minutes after the break.

Dortmund were furious when a VAR review penalised Marius Wolf for handball from Ben Chilwell’s cross and their sense of injustice heightened after Kai Havertz struck the post with his spot-kick only for a re-take to be ordered.

This time Havertz made no mistake and Chelsea were on their way into the last eight.

Is this lift-off for Potter?

Potter was been waiting for a show of strength such as this from the moment he left Brighton to take over at Chelsea, succeeding Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel.

Potter has struggled to convince Chelsea’s fans he has the personality required to take on this occasionally dysfunctional football beast and his cause has not been helped by poor Premier League form and a battle to establish any sort of shape and stability from the influx of players assembled at vast expense by new owner Todd Boehly.

The pressure was released somewhat with Saturday’s narrow win over Leeds United at Stamford Bridge but a big Champions League win against opponents of such European pedigree as Borussia Dortmund will go some way to convincing the doubters that Potter is cut out for the task.

There is still much work to do as Chelsea lie in a wholly unacceptable 10th place in the Premier League and two victories will not change the landscape instantly but there is no doubt Stamford Bridge felt like a much happier place when Dutch referee Danny Makkelie sounded his final whistle.

Potter will have been satisfied to see big performances from fit-again Reece James with Ben Chilwell also outstanding. And his former Brighton player Marc Cucurella also looked much more at home than he has before.

The scenes at the final whistle were a sharp contrast to many witnessed at Stamford Bridge this season with Potter punching the air in front of joyous Chelsea supporters as their Champions League journey continues.

Subdued Bellingham still shows class

Jude Bellingham (centre) in action for Borussia Dortmund
Bellingham (centre) has scored 10 goals in all competitions for Dortmund this season

All eyes were England teenager Jude Bellingham from the moment he arrived at Stamford Bridge, with waiting Chelsea fans making an instant sales pitch for the young star, who is expected to be pursued by every big club in Europe this summer.

This was not Bellingham’s best night as Dortmund’s Champions League campaign came to an end with the added disappointment of squandering a first-leg lead, but the 19-year-old still showed why he will be in such demand.

Bellingham’s night had low points, such as when he poked a great chance wide from eight yards in the second half and a very poor challenge in the closing seconds that left Reece James prostrate and brought a yellow card.

He did, however, show class and arrogance on the ball, vision, and a marauding style as Dortmund chased an equaliser in vain after Chelsea grabbed control.

Bellingham trooped off at the final whistle and is likely to be playing his Champions League football elsewhere next season, but in little flashes he still showed what all the fuss is about.

Player of the match

JamesReece James


  1. Squad number24Player nameJames

  2. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  3. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  4. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  5. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  6. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

  7. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

  8. Squad number17Player nameSterling

  9. Squad number33Player nameFofana

  10. Squad number11Player nameJoão Félix

  11. Squad number5Player nameFernández

  12. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  13. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  14. Squad number20Player nameZakaria

  15. Squad number10Player namePulisic

Borussia Dortmund

  1. Squad number22Player nameBellingham

  2. Squad number33Player nameMeyer

  3. Squad number25Player nameSüle

  4. Squad number23Player nameCan

  5. Squad number7Player nameReyna

  6. Squad number11Player nameReus

  7. Squad number13Player nameRaphaël Guerreiro

  8. Squad number17Player nameWolf

  9. Squad number4Player nameSchlotterbeck

  10. Squad number9Player nameHaller

  11. Squad number21Player nameMalen

  12. Squad number6Player nameÖzcan

  13. Squad number43Player nameBynoe-Gittens

  14. Squad number19Player nameBrandt



Formation 3-4-3

  • 1ArrizabalagaBooked at 65mins
  • 33Fofana
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 32CucurellaBooked at 90mins
  • 24James
  • 5FernándezBooked at 77minsSubstituted forZakariaat 87′minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forPulisicat 83′minutes
  • 21ChilwellBooked at 90mins
  • 17SterlingSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 83′minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 11João FélixSubstituted forGallagherat 67′minutes


  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Mudryk
  • 20Zakaria
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 47Bergström
  • 67Hall

B Dortmund

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 33Meyer
  • 17WolfBooked at 90mins
  • 25SüleBooked at 41mins
  • 4Schlotterbeck
  • 13Guerreiro
  • 23Can
  • 19BrandtSubstituted forReynaat 5′minutes
  • 22BellinghamBooked at 90mins
  • 6ÖzcanSubstituted forBynoe-Gittensat 64′minutes
  • 11Reus
  • 9HallerSubstituted forMalenat 77′minutes


  • 1Kobel
  • 7Reyna
  • 8Dahoud
  • 15Hummels
  • 20Modeste
  • 21Malen
  • 24Meunier
  • 30Passlack
  • 36Rothe
  • 38Unbehaun
  • 43Bynoe-Gittens
  • 44Coulibaly

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