Chelsea vs Valencia
Champions League Group H
8:00pm Tuesday 17th September
As Frank Lampard lost 1-0 to Valencia on his Champions League debut as Chelsea 22, ross Barkley missed a late punishment that was VAR-awarded.
Chelsea had the opportunity to cancel out the 74th-minute opener of Rodrigo and then occupying a point when the Video Assistant Referee alerted the on-field officer to Daniel Wass’ handball in the region with three minutes remaining.
Barkley insisted the spot-kick should be taken by him, snatching the ball however his effort cannoned off the crossbar’s cover.
The penalty controversy resisted a brutal introduction to Champions League soccer for Lampard, who dropped Mason Mount only 16 minutes and awaits the first home victory of his tenure at Chelsea.
Fans and players came in London in disarray following the sacking of manager Marcelino week, as they produced a display against the young side of Lampard which comprised four competition debutants however they were mutiny.
Tammy Abraham was denied that the Champions League purpose if his flick was obstructed by Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
When former Arsenal midfielder Frances Coquelin left his studs on the inside of the shin of the youngster which compelled off the child inside 16 minutes and yielded a yellow card mason Mount received a painful introduction.
Abraham went with a far-post header in the cross and Willian run of Cesar Azpilicueta .
Willian, the biggest danger in the first half of Chelsea almost fashioned a spectacular opener once he commanded Mateo Kovacic’s cross-field pass but his shot flew over. And by Cillessen the Brazilian drive towards the near post was parried clear on the stroke of half-time.
Marcos Alonso took the game in the second half to Valencia first, drilling before going over the subsequent corner in a free-kick which Cillessen tipped behind.
But they fell behind, Rodrigo giving that the slide as he raced on the chipped free-kick of Daniel Parejo and swept the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga to the Chelsea defence.
When the players of Chelsea flocked to get a handball, the play reached fever pitch five minutes, along with replays did really show protector Wass’ hands had hit.
After an VAR delay, there was a spot-kick eventually given however Barkley, on as a replacement seven minutes before, took responsibility into his own hands to crash his effort.
Chelsea director Frank Lampard:”Ross is the penalty taker. He felt a couple and was in pre-season, was when he has begun, and was and he missed it. I don’t understand what the conversation was. Jorginho and Willian were the penalty takers about the pitch, but he becomes the penalty taker when Ross comes on.
“We probably deserved a win, or at the very least a draw. Enough was created by us . Not lots of chances that are fantastic but superior opportunities and clearly a penalty we concede in the 1 shot on goal, so it is a harsh lesson from Champions League soccer. It’s a match we played pretty well in, and we dropped.
The good news is we have got five more games to go in the class, but that is the reality of dropping the very first game in the home, it gets those [other] matches more important particularly since they come back away from home.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell told The Debate:
“It’s the exact same rigmarole as the Paul Pogba one – who’s the designated taker? Barkley arrived after 80 minutes, Jorginho’s generally and on takes them and seems confident taking penalties. I can’t find him not needing to take one.
“I will see exactly what Willian’s doing in terms of saying’Do you fancy this? You encounter’. When Barkley says yes, he walks away but he’d gone once, two times.
Chelsea host team leaders Liverpool on Renault Super Sunday – live from 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 4.30pm. Chelsea journey to Lille on Matchday 2 of the Champions League on October 2 8pm.
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