Chelsea vs Zenit: Three lessons learnt in Champions League opener

Chelsea vs Zenit: Three lessons learnt in Champions League opener

Despite winning the Zenit match by a lone goal,see the three lessons Chelsea learned from the clash.

European nights are finally back at Stamford Bridge. However,
this was hardly a clash of the titans. The Blues were the
favorites going in and they managed to come away with a 1-0
victory over the Russians. In many ways, Chelsea versus Zenit
was just another test for the Blues to see if they could beat a
team that has no problem defending with numbers and playing
for counterattacks. Breaking a team like that is always tough
and Zenit brought with it its own unique ideas. The Russian
champions were not only extremely organized at the back, but
they were threatening Chelsea with a lot of serious attacks
too. Had it not been for some amazing defending and brilliant
saves, the scoreline might have been quite different on the
night.
Chelsea earns a narrow victory over Russian
side Zenit at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA
Champions League opener
The Blues were thoroughly tested by the Russian side
throughout the contest. The night was not smooth sailing as
Chelsea fans across the globe would’ve hoped for. However,
they did see an extremely professional display by their club.
While the Blues only won by a single goal, the whole team
played very professionally. Thomas Tuchel’s men did well to
stop the Zenit attacks, keep its position and go forward time
and time again. It was not a dominant performance, but there
is something to be said for teams that can play for 90 minutes
with such control and composure. This performance showed
us that Chelsea is extremely serious about its title defense.
We all remember how the London side fared the last time it
was defending the Champions League, and it is fair to say that
it will do a much better job this time. For Tuchel’s men, it
does not matter if the opponent is Juventus or Malmo. What
truly matters is the three points that accompany a win. It was
evident that the Blues were not becoming desperate for a
goal, but they kept pushing periodically and systematically,
which finally got them the goal in the 69′. It was a tough—yet
enjoyable—game and the result is quite fair. Here are three
lessons we learnt from the 2021/22 Champions League
opener:

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