Chelsea continued their excellent start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win against Rennes at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Although the Blues were awarded two penalties and Dalbert was sent off in the late stages of the first half, Lampard’s side produced a convincing display against the French side.
Seeing as it was the main talking point on Wednesday night, it’s only appropriate that we start with the decision to award Chelsea’s second penalty of the night. The Blues had already converted a penalty in the first ten minutes of the game, before the referee pointed to the spot yet again. Dalbert had brought down Timo Werner in the box for Chelsea’s first goal and he was also the culprit for the second – with the left-back’s apparent handball. However, many argued that the ball had come off his knee, with the Rennes player originally blocking the shot with his foot. What made the decision even harsher was the second yellow card he received as a result, reducing them to ten men for the majority of the game. In the end, it was a fortunate night for Chelsea, but a seriously poor decision by the official.
Young Stars Continue to Shine
However, the one goal scored from open play that night was from Tammy Abraham. The academy star got Chelsea’s third of the night, finding Reece James’s superb delivery into the box, with the striker able to slot a simple goal home for the Blues. James had a brilliant game on Wednesday, with the right-back putting in some great deliveries for his teammates. Mason Mount also had a good game, with the 21-year-old looking more comfortable in his deeper midfield role. Overall, it was a great night for the youngsters in the side – proving that despite the large amounts of signings in the summer, the young stars still have a place in the team.
Solid at the Back
Another positive from Wednesday’s game was the performance at the back. The Blues were able to gain yet another clean sheet (their fifth in a row, by the way) and Edouard Mendy has looked superb between the sticks. Thiago Silva has also made a massive difference since joining the team, with the whole backline appearing more confident. When the 36-year-old was taken off in the 68th minute and replaced by Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea defence began to look sloppy – proving just how important he is. As long as we have our two preferred centre-backs and our new, excellent keeper in goal, the clean sheets should hopefully keep on coming.
Timo Werner: The New Man to Score from the Spot?
As Werner took both of Chelsea’s penalties on Wednesday, it seems like we have a new penalty taker on our hands – with the new signing now replacing Jorginho. However, it may seem a bit harsh to give Werner this role after Jorginho missed his previous opportunity to score from the sport, with the midfielder taking on that responsibility so well in the past. Either way, the German took two superb penalties against Rennes and doesn’t look like he’ll be missing those anytime soon.
An (Almost) Perfect Start to the Champions League
With a 3-0 win against Rennes now under our belts, our start to the 2020-21 Champions League campaign has been positive. Although we were only able to record a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in the opening match, we currently sit at the top of Group E on goal difference, picking up some big wins against the other teams. We have also not conceded a single goal in the campaign so far, with Frank Lampard’s men much more dominant this time round. Here’s hoping we continue this excellent form.