Valencia: Rodrigo (74″)
Chelsea: No score
- Valencia beat Chelsea in Champions League Hosts dominate the game through out.
- Ross Barkley hits bar with late penalty.
- Rodrigo squeezes Valencia ahead at 74″
- Mason Mount had forced substitution at 17″ due to ankle injury.
Valencia gate-crashed Frank Lampard’s managerial debut in the Champions League as manager, as they beat host 1-0 on Tuesday, after Ross Barkley scoffed a possibility to equalise by missing out on a charge 3 minutes from time.
Earlier Chelsea had a great start. They dominated the visitors during most of the match. Tammy Abraham, fresh from his hat-trick at Wolves, was refuted a first Champions Organization goal when his near-post flick was blocked by Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Mason Mount after that got an agonising introduction to Champions League, when former midfielder Frances Coquelin left his studs on the within his shin. Mason had to be replaced as the match was only 17 minutes old.
Spanish forward, Rodrigo Moreno provided visitors the lead against the run of play in the 74th minute of the Group H match. It was an absolute practice session move, where he slipped into Chelsea defence before guiding the ball into goal.
Chelsea continued to intimidate and also were awarded a fine after a VAR testimonial found a handball by Valencia defender Daniel Wass. Barkley took the fine after a dispute with Jorginho and Willian but he sent out the resulting place kick onto the bar. Though at the end, Lampard defended Ross, saying he was Chelsea’s penalty taker.
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Head to Head
Frank Lampard was left disappointed after watching his side control large portions of their Champions League group stage opener but come away empty-handed at Stamford Bridge.
“It wis hard to lose because we shouldn’t have lost a great chances and had apparently obviously and. And I think we can say, one show on target. So, again we shouldn’t have lost. At least you don’t lose and hopefully you try and win there’s always going to be a tough match so disappointed with the result.”
On Mason, he said, “He’s got an ankle injury which will be assessed at the next day or so, and hopefully it’s not too bad obviously but it was a shame because he looked bright. He and Willian looked fantastic. And we’ll hopefully have him back quickly”
On Fikayo,”I’m delighted with his progression since last year and what he’s doing and he’s taken to the, for the first time really well so hopefully I can continue.”
On the penalty miss, “Yeah, Ross is our penalty taker and has been since preseason when you scored a couple so fortunately Miss, finding out how important is it to pick the boys up and go again at the weekend another huge game here at the bridge. Yeah, really important I said to them if there’s no point in getting down we have fortunately five games in the Champions League to go in a group stage. Of course they’re a bit more critical now but we’ll deal with that. And it’s important to carry on with from what we did it was it was already to performance, or in a decent position in the league we want to be decided to move up the table, and we’re playing What are currently the best team in the country here at the edge so altogether fans players alike, we need to give a real go, and believe in ourselves the time to be strong.”
Azpilicueta on Barkley’s penalty miss: “Ross is one of the best penalty takers in the team and one who takes them. He had the confidence and he was unlucky hitting the bar. They [the other players around him] were encouraging him to have the confidence to score. There were high expectation. They were trying to get him into the best condition. Hopefully next time it goes in.”
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