BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - DECEMBER 13: Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea FC #44 celebrates Willian's score with teammates during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Match between Vidi FC and Chelsea FC at Ferencvaros Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

4 Things We Learned as Vidi Held Chelsea in the Europa League on Thursday

Chelsea finished off the Europa League group stage with a draw, as Vidi held them 2-2 in Hungary.   


The Blues were already guaranteed top spot before Thursday’s game in Budapest, but the Hungarian hosts were battling for qualification.   


An own goal and a stunning strike from Loic Nego were not enough for Vidi, as fantastic free-kicks from Willian and Olivier Giroud secured a point for Chelsea and knocked the hosts out of the competition.   


Here are four things we learned from Thursday’s clash in Budapest.  

1. Vidi Definitely Deserved the Result

For a team relatively unknown in Europe before the group stage draw, Vidi definitely impressed in Group L and deserved the draw on Thursday night.


They were unlucky to be knocked out after BATE Borisov's 3-1 win over PAOK, but the Hungarian champions were excellent against the Blues both home and away. Vidi looked great in attack, defended well and earned a historic point against the Londoners.


Although their European adventure is over for the season, their group stage was a positive sign for things to come, as Vidi can be proud of their efforts.

2. Chelsea Can Surely Go All the Way in the Europa League

In case we didn't believe it before, it is now certain that Chelsea are strong favourites for the Europa League. Unbeaten in their first ever group stage participation, the Blues showed how strong and controlling they can be.


However, what makes their case for their second Europa League title even stronger is the fact that Chelsea were still strong with a weakened side. Even without star players such as Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kanté, the Blues still produced a convincing performance in Hungary.


Chelsea enter the Round of 32 seeded as Group L winners, meaning - for now - they will avoid the other big boys in the Europa League. However, it is clear that Maurizio Sarri's men will be looking to repeat the heroics of 2013, when they won their first Europa League in Amsterdam.

3. Callum Hudson-Odoi Continues to Impress

After scoring his first senior goal in the 4-0 win over PAOK, Callum Hudson-Odoi put in another impressive display as he earned another opportunity in the Europa League.


Although Sarri doesn't believe he is ready for the Premier League, he continues to give the 18-year-old invaluable experience in Europe, and Hudson-Odoi is definitely taking the chance. He was outstanding on Thursday night, as he was at the heart of every Chelsea attack.


In a strong Chelsea team that he will struggle to get into, Hudson-Odoi is certainly impressing when he gets the chance, which is a happy sight for Sarri and all Chelsea fans.

4. Alvaro Morata Needs to Get Away From Chelsea

Whether it's on loan or permanently, Chelsea frontman Álvaro Morata showed us on Thursday that he needs a change.


In another lacklustre performance, the Spaniard not only was poor against Vidi but he also looked devoid of confidence. Just from watching him off the ball he didn't seem determined, and when a footballer is clearly not enjoying playing the sport then something needs to change.


Morata has had a really tough time at Stamford Bridge, and a loan move away may be exactly what he needs to rejuvenate his career. The 26-year-old still has time, but if he can't hit his stride then it may be time for him to leave London for good.