Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Ross Barkley misses penalty after Rodrigo winner
By Phil McNulty
Chief football creator at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s return to the Champions League resulted in disappointment as Ross Barkley overlooked a late penalty that ensured Valencia claimed victory at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s first sport as a supervisor in the match he won as a player with Chelsea in 2012 turned steady into a night of frustration as Valencia took encourage of slack marking at a free-kick for Rodrigo to construct up the winner on 74 minutes.
Chelsea, who misplaced in-kind baby Mason Mount to damage early on, had the probability to rescue some extent when referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded a penalty for handball after consulting VAR when Daniel Wass blocked Fikayo Tomori’s header.
Barkley had easiest come on instead eight minutes earlier but insisted taking the role-kick instead of the Blues’ widespread taker Jorginho and Willian, who argued his secure case to select it earlier than relenting.
It became a first fee and annoying hit upon with possibilities at a top fee and a tricky Neighborhood H, which moreover involves Lille and final year’s semi-finalists Ajax, has got even tougher for Chelsea after starting their campaign with a negative dwelling loss.
Chelsea lack contact of class
This became a tricky commence to life in the Champions League for Lampard and a Chelsea side robbed of the ‘X Factor’ given to them for therefore prolonged by Eden Hazard.
The temper in the camp is no longer going to were helped by Barkley’s insistence on taking that in wretched health-fated late penalty when it regarded Jorginho, who scored in theTremendous Cup final against Liverpool,became stepping forward for the activity.
Barkley’s resolution came at a heavy notice, glancing a wretched effort off the bar and high into the Matthew Harding Stand. He took the kick after conversations with Jorginho, Willian, Tammy Abraham and captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
It ended with a handshake from Jorginho earlier than the role-kick however it became a chaotic scene with an nearly inevitable conclusion.
It became a night when no longer great went loyal for Chelsea, starting with what regarded esteem a depraved ankle damage to Mount, who became caught by a reckless notice-by arrangement of in a location by used Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Chelsea had their moments, in particular when Jasper Cillessen saved from Willian and Marcos Alonso – but Lampard’s side merely could no longer kind the contact of quality to break down Valencia and had been too static as Daniel Parejo’s free-kick released Rodrigo.
This means Chelsea are on the wait on foot easiest 90 minutes into their return to the Champions League and are nonetheless to select at Stamford Bridge this season.
Valencia pick the gloom
Chelsea’s disappointment will seemingly be even extra acute as this regarded esteem the correct alternative to receive their Champions League campaign off to a profitable inaugurate against a Valencia side who arrived in London amid turmoil.
Valencia’s gamers and fans had been infuriated by the resolution tosack coach Marcelino final weekafter he won the Copa del Rey final season and took them wait on into the Champions League.
Marcelino’s successor Albert Celades started his reign with a5-2 defeat at Barcelona on Saturday– but his Valencia side confirmed plenty of receive to the backside of here and had been frequently a risk, which became realised by that free-kick that became loyal too rapid and too elegant for Chelsea and resulted in Rodrigo’s purpose.
This became an steady morale booster for Celades and Valencia but a excessive blow for Chelsea as Ajax signalled their risk in Neighborhood H with a3-0 pick over Lille.
Refined night for Chelsea’s younger weapons
Chelsea’s younger brigade comprisetaken the Premier League by stormwith Tammy Abraham scoring seven objectives and Mason Mount on the stamp three instances.
Abraham found this a great tougher project even supposing he nonetheless had moments of risk, in particular a glancing first-half of header that became off beam.
The 21-year-worn never misplaced heart but he became starved of first fee provider and this became now to not be his night.
It became even extra painful for Mount, literally, as he never recovered from Coquelin’s early location and his attempts to follow it resulted in despair. He and Chelsea will now anxiously await the clinical verdict.
Defender Tomori did properly in defence and moreover made his contribution in assault with a surging first-half of bustle that introduced hazard and a header that resulted in the penalty.
There’ll seemingly be better nights than this but the Champions League will seemingly be alongside side layers to their discovering out skills.
Rare shedding inaugurate for Chelsea – key stats
- This became easiest Chelsea’s 2nd defeat in their past 42 Champions League community video games at Stamford Bridge (W30 D10), with the opposite against Basel in 2013.
- Chelsea misplaced their opening Champions League match of a campaign for easiest the 2nd time – the well-known became against Basel in 2013-14.
- Frank Lampard turned the well-known Chelsea supervisor to lose his opening Champions League match to blame – 10 of the old 11 had won, while Gianluca Vialli drew with AC Milan in 1999.
- Chelsea turned the well-known crew since Liverpool in December 2008 against PSV (Darby, Kelly, Spearing) to hand three Champions League debuts to Englishmen former 21 or youthful in the an analogous sport (Abraham, Mount, Tomori).
- Valencia registered easiest their 2nd away Champions League pick in England (D7 L3) – their first became a 1-0 pick at Liverpool in October 2002.