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Olivier Giroud’s perfect hat-trick fires Chelsea into Europa League last eight | Football

This ended up more like a bye into the Europe League quarter-finals than the perilous encounter Maurizio Sarri had rather warily foreseen. Chelsea barely broke into a sweat in dismissing a desperately naive Dynamo Kyiv, with the uneven playing surface probably representing more of a threat than overawed opponents..The whole occasion lacked a competitive edge though, given his team’s toils at times in recent months, Sarri will have welcomed such a stroll. His side feel like contenders in a competition which carries the considerable prize of Champions League qualification. They have the leading scorer in Olivier Giroud, a World Cup winner who has harshly been reduced to mere bench-warmer status these days in the Premier League. A striker who has managed less than an hour of topflight football this year departed with a hat-trick, the match-ball and his goal tally in Europe swollen to nine in as many games.There were other positives to be gleaned at the Olympic stadium. Callum Hudson-Odoi would contribute cutely to the third goal with a neatly worked assist, and would slide in a fourth of his own European campaign near the end, while Marcos Alonso revelled away from marauding Premier League right-wingers. The Spaniard scored, assisted and saw a free-kick tipped gloriously on to the angle of post and bar by the overworked Denys Boyko. This will have helped restore some confidence in the left-back.Yet arguably most encouraging of all was the contribution of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 23-year-old had returned to Chelsea in July with his reputation enhanced by a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace, and the part he had played in propelling England to the World Cup semi-finals. Plenty since has been anticlimactic, his progress hampered by recurring back problems and the manager’s scepticism over his defensive capabilities. But, when he muscles his way in amongst opponents or glides forward with menace in possession, he supplies a new dimension to this team’s approach.Loftus-Cheek is arguably fortunate to find himself retained in the England set-up for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro but, with yoga alleviating some of the muscular complaints, he has a major contribution to make in his club’s run-in. There will be far tougher occasions...

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