Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla: Frank Lampard’s facet held in opening Champions League group recreation

Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla: Frank Lampard’s facet held in opening Champions League group recreation

Chelsea v Sevilla in the Champions League
Chelsea had 4 makes an attempt at aim within the opening 14 minutes of the second half, double their tally from the primary half

Edouard Mendy has established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper after once more “exhibiting his high quality” in his facet’s goalless Champions League draw with Sevilla, says boss Frank Lampard.

Mendy, who joined from Rennes in September, produced a wonderful save to assist the Blues open their European marketing campaign with a hard-earned level towards Europa League holders Sevilla.

In a recreation of few clear-cut probabilities, the Senegal worldwide marked his return from harm by clawing away Nemanja Gudelj’s header after it had flicked off Kurt Zouma.

It was a pivotal second of the sport and Lampard praised his current signing, who was introduced in to strengthen his choices following the erratic type of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea’s £71m signing from Athletic Bilbao.

Requested if Mendy is already Chelsea’s primary, Lampard mentioned: “In the meanwhile, sure. He is proven his high quality.

“The way in which he is performed, he is performed very properly, that is two clear sheets for him already.

“Because it stands he’s the primary however that is at all times up for grabs. However the way in which he is enjoying I am very glad.”

In what was Chelsea’s first goalless draw below Lampard, the Blues produced a strong defensive efficiency with out managing to attain on the different finish.

Zouma and Ben Chilwell each headed probabilities straight at goalkeeper Yassine Bounou earlier than Sevilla went near taking the lead in spectacular vogue by means of substitute Joan Jordan’s dipping volley.

With Group E rivals Rennes held 1-1 in France, Chelsea head to Russia subsequent Wednesday to face Krasnodar with all 4 groups on one level.

Positives for Lampard regardless of draw

Chelsea have began this season with a flurry of targets at one finish of the pitch – and defensive implosions on the different.

Whereas they failed to attain for less than the second time in eight video games this season, Lampard’s facet a minimum of managed a clear sheet after a much-improved efficiency on the again.

Fifty-eight days after showing within the ultimate for Paris St-Germain, Thiago Silva returned to the Champions League stage as Lampard shuffled his defence after conceding three towards Southampton final Saturday.

Reece James additionally marked his return with a strong show on an evening Lampard turned solely the second Englishman to handle in two Champions League campaigns, after Sir Bobby Robson.

“The clear sheet was an enormous deal for us,” added Lampard.

“Seville are a prime group in European soccer. The focus and focus to get the outcome was large from the group.

“We made plenty of good choices, so it is a very nice place for us to construct from.”

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy makes a save during his side's Champions League goalless stalemate with Sevilla
Edouard Mendy produced a strong show as Chelsea recorded a primary clear sheet within the Champions League since profitable 1-0 at Ajax in October 2019

New signings bedding in

Chelsea spent £250m throughout the summer season switch window, with 5 of their current additions beginning this recreation.

Three – Mendy, Chilwell and Silva – impressed on the again because the Blues produced their greatest defensive efficiency of the season to cease the Spanish guests from scoring on the evening 38-year-old keeper Petr Cech, who retired in 2019, was named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.

Sevilla beat Wolves and Manchester United on their strategy to profitable the Europa League final season however they had been unable to discover a well past a well-drilled Chelsea backline.

Chilwell additionally impressed going ahead and it was his nook which arrange an ideal probability for the unmarked Zouma.

The previous Leicester participant was introduced with an opportunity of his personal however couldn’t beat Bounou.

Fewest makes an attempt at aim since 2015 – the stats

  • Chelsea recorded simply six photographs, their fewest makes an attempt at aim in a Champions League recreation since February 2015 – towards Paris Saint-Germain (2).
  • The Blues have drawn 5 of their previous eight Champions League house matches, as many as of their earlier 33 video games within the competitors at Stamford Bridge.
  • Sevilla are unbeaten within the first match of their final 5 Champions League campaigns (W2 D3).
  • Chelsea have received simply considered one of their previous 10 Champions League video games towards Spanish opposition (D6 L3).
  • Sevilla have did not win any of their previous 5 away video games within the group phases of the Champions League (D4 L1).

What’s subsequent?

Chelsea are again in motion on Saturday once they meet Manchester United at Outdated Trafford within the Premier League (17:30 BST).

Participant of the match

MendyEdouard Mendy

Chelsea

  1. Squad quantity16Participant titleMendy

  2. Squad quantity24Participant titleJames

  3. Squad quantity6Participant titleThiago Silva

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleChilwell

  5. Squad quantity7Participant titleKanté

  6. Squad quantity17Participant titleKovacic

  7. Squad quantity11Participant titleWerner

  8. Squad quantity10Participant titlePulisic

  9. Squad quantity29Participant titleHavertz

  10. Squad quantity22Participant titleZiyech

  11. Squad quantity5Participant titleJorginho

  12. Squad quantity19Participant titleMount

  13. Squad quantity15Participant titleZouma

  14. Squad quantity9Participant titleAbraham

  15. Squad quantity20Participant titleHudson-Odoi

Sevilla

  1. Squad quantity16Participant titleNavas

  2. Squad quantity10Participant titleRakitic

  3. Squad quantity19Participant titleAcuña

  4. Squad quantity5Participant titleOcampos

  5. Squad quantity7Participant titleSuso

  6. Squad quantity25Participant titleFernando

  7. Squad quantity3Participant titleGómez

  8. Squad quantity20Participant titleDiego Carlos

  9. Squad quantity6Participant titleGudelj

  10. Squad quantity9Participant titlede Jong

  11. Squad quantity13Participant titleBono

  12. Squad quantity8Participant titleJordán

  13. Squad quantity22Participant titleVázquez

  14. Squad quantity21Participant titleTorres

  15. Squad quantity15Participant titleEn-Nesyri

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 24James
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 15Zouma
  • 21ChilwellBooked at 64mins
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 14minsSubstituted forKovacicat 65′minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 90+1′minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 19MountBooked at 36minsSubstituted forZiyechat 62′minutes
  • 11WernerSubstituted forAbrahamat 90+1′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 4Christensen
  • 9Abraham
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Tomori
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 22Ziyech
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 33Emerson

Sevilla

  • 13Bono
  • 16Navas
  • 3GómezSubstituted forJordánat 33′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 20Santos Silva
  • 19AcuñaBooked at 43mins
  • 25Reges
  • 6Gudelj
  • 10RakiticSubstituted forVázquezat 80′minutes
  • 7Fernández SaezSubstituted forTorresat 58′minutes
  • 9de JongSubstituted forEn-Nesyriat 80′minutes
  • 5Ocampos

Substitutes

  • 1Vaclik
  • 4Rekik
  • 8Jordán
  • 11El Haddadi
  • 14Rodríguez
  • 15En-Nesyri
  • 18Escudero
  • 21Torres
  • 22Vázquez
  • 24Fernández

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