Valencia picked up a smash-and-grab 1- win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, toppling Chelsea thanks to Rodrigo’s second-half purpose.
Ross Barkley wasted a fantastic chance to draw the hosts level late on, striking a VAR-awarded penalty more than the crossbar immediately after appearing to relieve frequent penalty takers Jorginho and Willian of their spot-kick duties – even though manager Frank Lampard later confirmed he is the penalty taker when he’s on the field.
Each sides have been straightforward on the eye in he very first half, even though each lacked any true penetration – the very first true work of note coming on the stroke of half-time as Willian tested Jasper Cillessen in the guests purpose.
The Blues enhanced immediately after the break, with Marcos Alonso going close from a totally free-kick, but have been shellshocked by a sucker punch from Rodrigo – who converted 1 of Valencia’s two shots on target from Dani Parejo’s whipped totally free-kick.
Fikayo Tomori’s header onto an unwitting Daniel Wass’ arm, by way of VAR critique, gave Chelsea a likelihood to grab a share of the spoils, but it wasn’t to be as Barkley blazed woefully more than the best.
Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game under.
Key Speaking Point
It may well have been his Champions League managerial debut, but Frank Lampard not only kept his faith in youth, he opted to use
The formation suited Chelsea on a evening when Fikayo Tomori created his debut and an out-of-sorts Kurt Zouma replaced the injured Antonio Rudiger.
Sadly, Mason Mount’s competitors debut ended on just 15 minutes as he failed to recover from a powerful Francis Coquelin challenge a true blow to Lampard ahead of the impending stop by of Liverpool.
Substitues: Pedro (7), Giroud (five), Barkley (four)
Ross Barkley is an absolute and utter disgrace. He ran to the penalty spot to take the pen, argued with Jorginho and Willian, then proceeded to sky it.
Not only is he Chelsea’s worst performing player each and every time he plays, he’s now gone and carried out this.
Shouldn’t play once again.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) September 17, 2019
Nightmare for Ross Barkley. On as sub, insisted on taking the penalty when Jorginho and Willian wanted it. In-type Tammy Abraham appropriate there also. “No, no”… Annoyed Willian stays to pull socks up in front of him…. Barkley fires penalty more than bar. Chelsea -1 Valencia FT. #cfc pic.twitter.com/Pj9BmEEPAt
— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) September 17, 2019
Important Speaking Point
The life of a manager is generally a lonely 1, anything Albert Celades located out the difficult way significantly less than a week into his tenure at Valencia. In a rumoured protest at the sacking of his well-known predecessor Marcelino, the Valencia players refused to attend pre-match media duties alongside him – not excellent.
Cutting a lone figure, Celades did his finest to place a brave face on points and stated that: “
Albert Celades heads to Valencia’s Champions League press conference solo.
The players refused to send a member of the squad to accompany him. pic.twitter.com/3K6JYYGaxC
— Speaking LaLiga (@TalkingLaLiga) September 16, 2019
Subs: Gomez (six), Lee (four), Diakhaby (four)
Smash and grab it may well have been, but goalscorer Rodrigo was the heartbeat of Valencia’s great perform and all of their
Chelsea face away trips to Lille and Ajax in their subsequent two Champions League fixtures, so will disappointed to have dropped all 3 points right here.
Valencia, meanwhile, face Ajax at dwelling and Lille away in their upcoming Group H matches. Domestically, Celades has two arguably winnable dwelling games as Leganes and Getafe stop by Mestalla.