The game ended 2-1 in a crucial win for The Blues, seeing Lampard's men become the first English side this year to qualify for The Champions League last 16
The game started with a cringeworthy Chelsea blunder. With Rennes defending deep in the opening minutes, Callum Hudson-Odoi's cross found Timo Werner a meter from goal, only for him to slice the ball high over the bar. An opportunity wasted that was easier to score than miss.
Lampard’s side continued to box Rennes in their own half for the first twenty minutes, keeping possession well and trying to get a feel for the game. When the Le Rouge Et Noir felt comfortable enough to move further up the pitch, The Blues took advantage cleverly. Mason Mount using his sharp vision to his advantage, sending a pacey Hudson-Odoi in on goal with a chipped through ball that cut open the defence. The young winger slid in a cool finish, grabbing his 3rd goal in all competitions, a vital confidence booster for a player trying to break into Lampard’s first team plans.
Rennes started to build confidence and quality towards the end of the half, pressing higher and stretching the play when in possession made it easier for them to create opportunities. The French side only forced a couple of saves out of Edouard Mendy however, who was looking to achieve a 7th clean sheet of the season. 1-0 at the halftime break.
Les Rennes started the second half the way they ended the first, Hamari Traoré’s shot was deflected behind for a corner after an eager build-up. They continued to grow into the game, dominating most of the second half possession, trying to find an equaliser. In the 73rd minute, Gerzino Nyamsi came closest for Rennes so far as he made a downward header towards the bottom left corner – Edouard Mendy producing a stunning save down to his right.
Both teams looked lethargic as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Chelsea brought both Ziyech and Havertz on in the 74th minute looking to kill off the game, but it would be Rennes that struck back and equalised in the 86th minute, Serhou Guirassy headed in a Bourigeaud corner past a helpless Keeper as the Frenchman rose above his compatriots Zouma & Kante in the penalty area. The forward was comedically subbed off straight after as Julien Stéphan had prepared to bring on ex Watford striker Mbaye Niang before the corner was taken.
As added minutes neared, the points looked to be shared. However, in the 90th minute substitute Ziyech picked up the ball and wandered towards the penalty area. Werners shot that ended the move was saved well by Gomis, but Giroud headed in the rebound as he rose high into the air in typical fashion to snatch all 3 points for Lampard’s Blues.
Chelsea host an in-form Spurs on Sunday, making this a crucial victory for the team in order to build confidence for this weekend's six pointer.
Frank Lampard’s post match comments concluded with him praising his keeper Edouard Mendy, describing his performance as “calm” and “controlled” on the Senegalese international’s return to the Roazhon Park. The Chelsea Manager admired his teams desire to win - “They tried their hardest, even though a draw would’ve been a good result.”