Maurizio Sarri’s side managed to beat PAOK Salonika after a five-year absence from the Europa League. Brazilian midfielder Willian opened the scoring after just 7 minutes with a low shot. Chelsea could have scored more than one goal as Alvaro Morata failed to convert numerous close-range opportunities.
Despite the goal conceded by PAOK in the early stages of the match, their fans continued to create a unique atmosphere at the Toumba Stadium. The club’s president, Ivan Savvidis, is currently serving a three-year ban from football after he walked onto the pitch with a handgun during a league match against AEK Athens.