Chelsea began their Champions League marketing campaign in an amazing method in opposition to Zenit Saint Petersburg on Tuesday evening, however nonetheless managed a 1-0 victory with the permission of Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues lacked any form of tempo throughout the first half and did not file a shot on objective till the forty eighth minute. Hakim Ziyech’s half volley compelled Zenit goalkeeper Stanislav Kristyuk right into a save, but it surely would take till the 69th minute to lastly break the impasse.
It was inevitably Lukaku who put the hosts in entrance and linked brilliantly with Cesar Azpilicueta’s stunning swinging cross to his head within the decrease nook and put his facet ahead.
Chelsea followers’ hearts had been of their mouths with ten minutes left, when Artem Dzyuba may probably not be sufficient to show Serdar Azmoun’s lower into an empty web from a number of meters. Despite the late scare, the dwelling workforce managed the remainder of the motion and noticed a victory with 1-0.
Now let’s have a look at how the Blues gamers rated it.
Decisive sort out from Antonio Rudiger / Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
Edouard Mendy (GK) – 6/10 – Forced to 2 stops, which didn’t hassle him in any respect. Another clear sheet, and an easy one.Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – 8/10 – Step out of the protection and distribute the ball properly, particularly with a beautiful cross for his workforce’s opening. Also learn the recreation nicely and pay attention to the hazard.Andreas Christensen (CB) – 7/10 – Had a tricky job marking Azmoun however did very nicely, saved near her husband to stifle his motion and proved to be authoritative within the air.Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 7/10 – An absolute powerhouse, once more. Was characteristically sturdy and decided in opposition to his resistance, which made a significantly vital last-gasp sort out on the hour mark. Almost made considered one of the large Champions League objectives with an unbelievable solo run – nevertheless, managed the transfer with an actual midfielder.
Mateo Kovacic appeared vivid once more / Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
Reece James (RWB) – 7/10 – Had some respectable moments upwards, pressed nicely to nod possession and delivered some harmful crosses to register three key passes. His spotlight got here early, however reacted nicely to make one final intervention to disclaim an nearly sure objective.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 7/10 – Persistent in his working and defensive duties and ultimately took the depth to inject some strikes from the midfield, play some implausible balls by way of the strains and carry the ball upwards with nice drive.
Jorginho (CM) – 7/10 – Read the recreation nicely to make 5 ball recoveries and was normally tidy on the ball, and was at all times composed to regain possession successfully.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – 6/10 – Came to some very helpful positions up on the left edge however didn’t appear to be his ordinary penetrating self, which frequently did probably not disturb them in the center.
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Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 5/10 – Floated round and befell between protection and midfield nicely, even though it lacked the final move that was lacking for many of his Chelsea profession.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 8/10 – Looked to be a irritating evening as a result of he merely didn’t get the job. A very good ball in him although, and he scored. Clinical. Match winner.
Mason Mount (LW) – 6/10 – Bright and artistic, continuously on the lookout for the ball to unlock the resistance. Had some good instances however, though he made three vital passes, it appeared colorless when he made the killer move.
Kai Havertz (RW) – 6/10
Ben Chilwell (LWB) – N / A
Thiago Silva (CB) – N / A
Ruben Loftus -Cheek (CM) – N / A