The Chelsea began defending his title in the Champions League with a 1-0 win at home against the Zenit of Saint Petersburg, this Tuesday in the first day of group H of the maximum European tournament.
The Belgian Romelu Lukaku, star signing of the ‘Blues’ for the new season, was in charge of breaking down the wall of the Russians in the 69th minute.
The three points allow Chelsea to start on the right foot in a group that leads Juventus by a greater goal difference, which won 3-0 in their trip to Malmö (Sweden).
Chelsea are having a very strong start to the season. To this good European start he adds his balance of 10 points in the first four days of the English Premier League, where he appears in the leading trio along with Manchester United and Liverpool.
In the first half of the duel against Zenit, Chelsea could not feel comfortable and did not find spaces against a very well positioned team. Among the few occasions, the one that brought more intention in the first half was for the visiting team, with a shot from the Ukrainian Yaroslav Rakitskiy (37) that was stopped by Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
In the second half, the German Antonio Rüdiger (49) had the first important of Chelsea, driving the ball from his field to enter the rival area and send a shot that went wide.
Chelsea managed to score in the 69 ‘, with a center from the Spanish César Azpilicueta that Lukaku finished off with a head to score.
The goal released the London team of pressure and, despite not being able to extend the account to achieve tranquility, he was able to control the situation and leave the three points at Stamford Bridge.
«It was difficult, against a very strong opponent and with very good players individually. So we had to work very hard every time to get the ball back, ”explained Chelsea’s German manager Thomas Tuchel.
«In the second half it was a little easier for us to find small spaces and shooting positions. It is a deserved victory, but it has been a great job “, he estimated.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 14, 2021