Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla: Frank Lampard’s side held in opening Champions League group game


Chelsea had four attempts at goal in the opening 14 minutes of the second half, double their tally from the first half

Edouard Mendy has established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper after again “showing his quality” in his side’s goalless Champions League draw with Sevilla, says boss Frank Lampard.

Mendy, who joined from Rennes in September, produced an excellent save to help the Blues open their European campaign with a hard-earned point against Europa League holders Sevilla.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, the Senegal international marked his return from injury by clawing away Nemanja Gudelj’s header after it had flicked off Kurt Zouma.

It was a pivotal moment of the game and Lampard praised his recent signing, who was brought in to strengthen his options following the erratic form of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea’s £71m signing from Athletic Bilbao.

Asked if Mendy is already Chelsea’s number one, Lampard said: “At the moment, yes. He’s shown his quality.

“The way he’s played, he’s played very well, that’s two clean sheets for him already.

“As it stands he is the number one but that’s always up for grabs. But the way he’s playing I’m very happy.”

In what was Chelsea’s first goalless draw under Lampard, the Blues produced a solid defensive performance without managing to score at the other end.

Zouma and Ben Chilwell both headed chances straight at goalkeeper Yassine Bounou before Sevilla went close to taking the lead in spectacular fashion through substitute Joan Jordan’s dipping volley.

With Group E rivals Rennes held 1-1 in France, Chelsea head to Russia next Wednesday to face Krasnodar with all four teams on one point.

Positives for Lampard despite draw

Chelsea have started this season with a flurry of goals at one end of the pitch – and defensive implosions at the other.

While they failed to score for only the second time in eight games this season, Lampard’s side at least managed a clean sheet after a much-improved performance at the back.

Fifty-eight days after appearing in the final for Paris St-Germain, Thiago Silva returned to the Champions League stage as Lampard shuffled his defence after conceding three against Southampton last Saturday.

Reece James also marked his return with a solid display on a night Lampard became only the second Englishman to manage in two Champions League campaigns, after Sir Bobby Robson.

“The clean sheet was a big deal for us,” added Lampard.

“Seville are a top team in European football. The concentration and focus to get the result was big from the team.

“We made a lot of good decisions, so it’s a really nice place for us to build from.”

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy makes a save during his side's Champions League goalless stalemate with Sevilla
Edouard Mendy produced a solid display as Chelsea recorded a first clean sheet in the Champions League since winning 1-0 at Ajax in October 2019

New signings bedding in

Chelsea spent £250m during the summer transfer window, with five of their recent additions starting this game.

Three – Mendy, Chilwell and Silva – impressed at the back as the Blues produced their best defensive performance of the season to stop the Spanish visitors from scoring on the night 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 way to winning the Europa League last season but they were unable to find a way past a well-drilled Chelsea backline.

Chilwell also impressed going forward and it was his corner which set up a great chance for the unmarked Zouma.

The former Leicester player was presented with a chance of his own but could not beat Bounou.

Fewest attempts at goal since 2015 – the stats

  • Chelsea recorded just six shots, their fewest attempts at goal in a Champions League game since February 2015 – against Paris Saint-Germain (2).
  • The Blues have drawn five of their past eight Champions League home matches, as many as in their previous 33 games in the competition at Stamford Bridge.
  • Sevilla are unbeaten in the first match of their last five Champions League campaigns (W2 D3).
  • Chelsea have won just one of their past 10 Champions League games against Spanish opposition (D6 L3).
  • Sevilla have failed to win any of their past five away games in the group stages of the Champions League (D4 L1).

What’s next?

Chelsea are back in action on Saturday when they meet Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League (17:30 BST).

Player of the match

MendyEdouard Mendy

Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number24Player nameJames

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  5. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  6. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  7. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  8. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  9. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  10. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  11. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  12. Squad number19Player nameMount

  13. Squad number15Player nameZouma

  14. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

  15. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

Sevilla

  1. Squad number16Player nameNavas

  2. Squad number10Player nameRakitic

  3. Squad number19Player nameAcuña

  4. Squad number5Player nameOcampos

  5. Squad number7Player nameSuso

  6. Squad number25Player nameFernando

  7. Squad number3Player nameGómez

  8. Squad number20Player nameDiego Carlos

  9. Squad number6Player nameGudelj

  10. Squad number9Player namede Jong

  11. Squad number13Player nameBono

  12. Squad number8Player nameJordán

  13. Squad number22Player nameVázquez

  14. Squad number21Player nameTorres

  15. Squad number15Player nameEn-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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Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea: Frank Lampard’s side lose 7-1 on aggregate


Chelsea conceded 79 goals in 55 games in all competitions in the 2019-20 season

Bayern Munich will meet Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals after Robert Lewandowski inspired them to a crushing 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea.

Having established a commanding 3-0 first leg lead at Stamford Bridge back in February, Bayern quickly made it 5-0 on aggregate when Lewandowski – from the penalty spot – and Ivan Perisic scored inside 25 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

Chelsea pulled a goal back through Tammy Abraham after a rare mistake by keeper Manuel Neuer, but Bayern’s class shone through.

Substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 6-1 on aggregate when he volleyed home unmarked inside the six-yard area before Poland forward Lewandowski, who now has 53 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions this season, headed the fourth to finish the match with two goals and two assists.

Bayern will now face Barca in a mouth-watering one-game knockout format in Lisbon on Friday.

Tough German lesson for Chelsea

A long season which started with a 4-0 hammering at Manchester United on 11 August 2019 ended – via a top-four Premier League finish and FA Cup final loss – in a heavy defeat and a reminder that Chelsea are still a work in progress.

Having been blown away by Bayern in 25 second-half minutes in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, it was always going to require something extra special by Lampard’s side to turn it around in Munich.

The Chelsea boss described his side’s challenge as an “opportunity to do something special” yet it turned into a damage limitation exercise inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to Lewandowski’s precise finish from the spot.

There was a check by the video assistant referee to see if Lewandowski was on-side when he was clipped by keeper Willy Caballero, who received a yellow card for the foul.

Champions League quarter-finals – Lisbon
DateFixtureKick-off
12 AugAtalanta v Paris St-Germain20:00 BST
13 AugRB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid20:00 BST
14 AugBarcelona v Bayern Munich20:00 BST
15 AugManchester City v Lyon20:00 BST

It went from bad to worse when Mateo Kovacic, sent off in last week’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal, carelessly conceded possession, allowing Lewandowski to set up Perisic to guide home and make it 5-0 on aggregate.

There were few positives for a Chelsea side without seven first-team regulars because of injury or suspension.

Callum Hudson-Odoi thought he had pulled a goal back with an excellent, curling finish but his celebrations were cut short when it was ruled out for offside, before Abraham scored after Neuer palmed the ball into his path at the end of the first half.

The space Tolisso was allowed to score Bayern’s third goal was a reminder that Chelsea’s defence needs work, before Lewandowski added to their pain with a powerful header.

Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to score a Champions League knockout goal for Chelsea (22yrs 341d) after Salomon Kalou in March 2008 (22yrs 213d)

There have been many encouraging signs for Lampard and his young players during a testing first season in charge for the Blues boss, who is set for a busy close season as he readies his squad for the 2020-21 campaign which starts next month.

Although Brazil midfielder Willian looks set to join Arsenal after seven years at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will look to kick on following the arrival of Germany forward Timo Werner and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech.

Lewandowski shines as Bayern march on

Having wrapped up another Bundesliga title and German Cup, Bayern are eyeing a domestic and European treble – Hansi Flick’s side now just two wins from the Champions League final on 23 August.

They face a tough test against Barcelona – 4-2 aggregate winners over Napoli – but they are a side in fine form – and with 31-year-old Lewandowski showing why he is one of the finest finishers in the world.

Having scored one and assisted the other two goals in the first leg, he was directly involved in all seven of Bayern goals over the two legs – three goals, four assists.

His two goals against Chelsea took his tally to 53 and he has found the net in 36 out of 44 matches (82%).

Lewandowski has also scored in all seven of his Champions League appearances this season (13 goals).

Man of the match – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Robert Lewandowski heads into the Champions League quarter-finals in exceptional form after another masterclass up front

‘We want more’ – what they said

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “Nights like this in a footballing sense, show me a lot, tell me a lot. In a football sense I feel like I know where we can improve, so now it’s time to look at that.

“I saw lots of good things in the team and also some of the bad we have seen this season. We had individual errors that gave them goals and at this level that will finish you off.

“We want more but the feeling is we have achieved something with the group we have. Now is the time to think where we can improve.”

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick: “We will prepare for Barcelona like any other opponent. We want to show our strengths again, be 100% focused and bring our qualities into the game.

“We’re not focusing on Lionel Messi, we need to be aware of every player.”

Familiar territory – the stats

  • Bayern have qualified for their 18th Champions League quarter-final, the joint-most of any team in the competition’s history along with Barcelona.
  • Chelsea conceded seven goals in a two-legged European tie for the first time in their history.
  • Chelsea’s six-goal margin of defeat on aggregate is the second-worst by an English club in the Champions League, behind only Arsenal’s eight-goal aggregate loss also against Bayern Munich in 2016-17 (2-10).
  • Bayern’s Hansi Flick is only the third manager in Champions League history to win his first five matches in charge, along with Fabio Capello (AC Milan, 1992-93) and Luis Fernandez (Paris St-Germain, 1994-95).
  • Bayern have won their first eight Champions League matches this season (all six group stage games as well as both legs v Chelsea). They are only the second side to ever achieve that in a campaign after Barcelona in 2002-03, who won their first nine.





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