Chelsea scores: Hakim Ziyech fails to deliver to Tuchel’s frustration but Lukaku proves his class again vs Zenit

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CHELSEA flooring out a 1-0 win in opposition to Zenit of their Champions League opener.

Romelu Lukaku’s intention was the excellence between the perimeters whereas Hakim Ziyech flattered to deceive as shortly as again.

Romelu Lukaku was the primary man for Chelsea as shortly as again vs ZenitCredit: Getty
But Hakim Ziyech threw his Chelsea future further into doubt with his showing
But Hakim Ziyech threw his Chelsea future additional into doubt with his displayingCredit: Reuters

Zenit defended efficiently all through the primary half with the Blues too sluggish to reduce by.

But they improved after the break and Lukaku obtained on the very best of Cesar Azpilicueta’s inch-perfect cross to head dwelling a sensible winner all through the seventieth minute.

Here’s what SunSport’s Duncan Wright thought-about the Blues’ particular particular person performances.

EDOUARD MENDY – 6

Hardly had one factor to do as Zenit have been blissful to defend barely than assault.

But did save efficiently from Sardar Azmoun when referred to as upon.

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CESAR AZPILICUETA – 5

Twice uncovered by leaping into early challenges after which had to be bailed out by Reece James after shedding Claudinho bursting into the realm.

Looked off the tempo, although not decrease than cross led to intention.

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 6

Looking so assured inside the midst of the again three, mopped up as Azpilicueta to his appropriate struggled for kind.

Will have extra sturdy nights but will doubtless be happy with current.

ANTONIO RUDIGER – 7

Doing the entire thing requested of him defensively, and launched the sport to life with a 50-yard run ahead which resulted in a shot merely massive.

Then made an important last-ditch type out to deny Azmoun who was clear by on intention.

Antonio Rudiger put in a sterling performance
Antonio Rudiger put in a sterling effectivityCredit: PA

MARCOS ALONSO – 6

Tried to impression the sport down the left but was unable to accumulate the ball in harmful areas as play broke down too usually.

Fine defensively but lacked that burst of tempo wished to beat his man. 

REECE JAMES – 7

Provided somewhat loads wished width up and down the perfect and appeared an apparent outlet in opposition to a Zenit staff defending slim in numbers.

JORGINHO – 6

Uncharacteristically wayward with some passes all through the opening quarter of the sport. Found his rhythm but lacked exact penetration with his play.

MATEO KOVACIC – 7

Picked up from his spectacular current on the weekend to drive the Chelsea midfield.

The actuality Chelsea weren’t lacking N’Golo Kante is testomony to how efficiently he works inside the midst of the pitch.

Mateo Kovacic continued to fill in well for N'Golo Kante
Mateo Kovacic continued to fill in efficiently for N’Golo KanteCredit: Getty

MASON MOUNT – 7

Full of concepts appropriate from the off, almost definitely most likely probably the most ingenious participant as Chelsea pressed ahead. Final ball not fairly on it regardless of transferring into good positions.

HAKIM ZIYECH – 5

Struggled to stand up to tempo with the tempo of the sport all through the early ranges, to the frustration of Thomas Tuchel on the bench.

Subbed after an hour of little reward.

ROMELU LUKAKU – 8

Wasted little time marking his territory, dominating his defenders and offering unbelievable maintain–up play regardless of shut consideration of markers.

Supply was not among the many most interesting, but stayed alert and made the excellence with high-quality header.

The Belgian was the main man for the Blues again
The Belgian was the primary man for the Blues againCredit: Getty

Subs

KAI HAVERTZ – 7

Made additional of an impression in first 5 minutes that Ziyech did in an hour with his direct working. Lifted the tempo of the sport.

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THIAGO SILVA – N/A

Not ample occasions to have an effect.

BEN CHILWELL – N/A

Not ample occasions to have an effect.


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