John Terry, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres all scored to seal a 4-2 aggregate win, while Papiss Cissé netted a late winner for Newcastle United against Anzhi Makhachkala at St James’ Park.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, to a hectic night of Europa League action.
Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) reckons Torres just can’t get a break – a positive one: “First assist for Torres in quite some time, unfortunately it was for the opposition.”
Ex-Reds midfielder Jason McAteer ([email protected]) criticises Chelsea’s defending of the corner which Steaua score from: “Zonal marking is about as useful as me working for NASA #manforman”
Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) is concerned Rafael Benítez won’t be adventurous enough to score the goals needed: “We need two goals!!! Any chance Rafa???”
Coventry City defender Jordan Stewart (@jordanstewart3) is impressed by Hazard: “Eden HAZARD is a beast.”
West Brom defender James Hurst (@hursty43) is shocked by David Luiz’s reckless moment: “David Luiz loves a cheap shot. #coward”
Former boxer George Groves ([email protected]) hopes to inspire his side: “Come on Chelsea!! #CFC”
Southampton defender Luke Shaw ([email protected]_shaw3) is impressed by the captain’s effort: “Big JT!!!”
Olympian Katharine Merry (@KatharineMerry) correctly predicts the outcome of Torres’s penalty: “Penalty…Chelsea chance to sign seal and deliver !! I just said to OH he’s going to miss this…..he did. Stays 3-1 on the night and 3-2 #chelsea”
Reading striker Noel Hunt (@boyhunt) feels sorry for the Spaniard: “Aww I’m gutted for him!!! I think most the footballing world want to see Torres back to his best!! Bar Liverpool fans I would say!!”
Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker ([email protected]) is glad to see the English sides dominate in one European competition: “Cissé looks to have clinched it for Newcastle. Clean sweep. We own the Europa League!”
Chelsea striker Demba Ba ([email protected]) praises his team-mates: “Great win boys :-)”
Josh McEachran (@JMcEachran20) adds his congrats: “Great result for Chelsea!! Celeb juice time then bed.”
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton ([email protected]) is delighted to see his former side through to the quarter-finals: “Made up for Newcastle. Great ball in from Marveaux. The Toon march on in Europe…”
Finally, Swansea midfielder Wayne Routledge (@WayneRoutledge) recalls a seminal moment in Newcastle’s history as Cisse nets the winner: “Ketsbaia-esque!!! Could be spelt wrong lol”
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