Had to appear Romelu Lukaku to unblock the Chelsea against the rocky Zenit de San Petersburgo and start the new edition of the Champions League as the previous one ended, winning (1-0).
The Belgian hardly needed a chance for his team to take all three points in Stamford Bridge. César Azpilicueta He placed the ball on his head twenty minutes from time and Lukaku, with a chopped shot, knocked down the resistance of the Zenit, which gave a decent picture in London.
Because those of Check they endured the type, not only defending themselves, but also creating dangerous occasions in a game that was lacking, above all, of that. The Chelsea, despite the offensive power that he treasures, he did not find spaces easily to overcome the line of four defenders and five midfielders of the Zenit.
Lukaku played well with his back to the goal, but the threat ‘blue’ died there, with a Zenit who wanted to run with the speed of the Iranian Sardar Azmoun and that they allowed themselves to be the first team to shoot at goal. This luxury had to wait until minute 38, a reflection of how bland the match was.
It was animated already in the second 45 minutes, with attempts to Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount and even Antonio Rudiger, who in a start from his field was about to score the goal of the day.
But the goal had to wait until Azpilicueta He lifted his head and centered a precise ball so that Lukaku, above all, rose and sting him out of reach of Stanislav Kritsyuk.
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For the minimum and without much brightness, the Chelsea gave continuity to the fireworks that inaugurated the season ‘Champions‘ on Stamford Bridge. Besides the victory, N’golo Kanté, Jorginho, Mendy and Tuchel collected individual awards from the Champions League passed, delivered on the lawn by a Alexander Ceferin who was booed by the stands Stamford Bridge.
With this victory, the Chelsea he gets second in the Group H, with the same points as Juventus but with a worse goal difference.