Chelsea started their Champions League defense with a win over Zenit, as Romelu Lukaku hit a goal in 69th minute at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku, who signed a football transfer of £97.5m summer deal from Inter Milan, has already proved his threat in the Premier League. Last night Lukaku’s header was his first goal for Chelsea in the Champions League.
In Group H, the current Champions League winner Chelsea had a difficult opening at their Stamford Bridge against Russia’s best Zenit team. They won 1-0, and the only goal was scored by Romelu Lukaku in the 69th minute.
Chelsea were forced into a replacement as Zenit could not continue due to rough treatment, forcing Cesar Azpilicueta to come off the bench. The host deserved the win, but Zenit missed a great opportunity to snatch a point when substitute Artem Dzyuba slipped from six meters while trying to convert late Sardar Azmoun’s centre.
Chelsea’s win came as no surprise given their Champions League status and their impressive start to the season, but it has shown they are willing to do the dirty work to get the job done when needed.
And the talisman Lukaku once again showed what a difference he would make against Chelsea, an advantage he often lacked last season, even though he won the elite European competition in Porto.
Lukaku’s chances were limited, as Zenit defended well and with genuine resistance, but he jumped at the first opportunity he was given to score with a strong surge. Chelsea tried to make an impression in the first half, but it was clear that Tuchel ordered the players to move forward and they were too strong after the break. Watch football highlights as Chelsea win over Zenit in their first Champions League match of the season.
It wasn’t Chelsea’s most impressive, but, as they did against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, it is now a team that is almost the complete package. They are a team that looks for a way to win and Tuchel will be happy to have three points on the table in the Champions League.
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