Chelsea vs Valencia
Champions League Group H
8:00pm Tuesday 17th September
Ross Barkley missed a late VAR-awarded penalty as Frank Lampard lost 1-0 to Valencia on his Champions League debut.
Chelsea had the opportunity to cancel Rodrigo opener out and salvage a point whenever the Video Assistant Referee alarmed the officer with three minutes remaining in the region to Daniel Wass’ handball.
Barkley insisted the spot-kick should be taken by him, snatching the ball however his effort cannoned off the surface of the crossbar.
The penalty controversy still awaits the first home success of his sanity in Chelsea and resisted a brutal introduction for Lampard, who dropped Mason Mount just 16 minutes to Champions League soccer.
Fans and valencia players arrived in London from disarray following the sacking of manager Marcelino week, but they were far from mutiny since they produced a screen against Lampard side which featured four competition debutants.
Tammy Abraham, fresh from his hat-trick at natives, was denied that the maiden Champions League goal if his near-post flick was blocked by Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
When Arsenal midfielder Frances Coquelin abandoned his studs on the inside of the shin of the youngster which pushed off the youngster within 16 minutes and afforded a yellow card mason Mount then got a introduction.
Abraham went with a far-post header in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross and Willian’s strong run through the middle only created.
Willian, Chelsea’s greatest danger in the first halfalmost fashioned a spectacular opener once he controlled Mateo Kovacic pass his chest, but his shot flew . And by Cillessen the Brazilian’s ferocious drive towards the near post was parried evident on the stroke of half-time.
Marcos Alonso took the game in the second half to Valencia, drilling before going the resulting corner at a free-kick which Cillessen leaned behind.
But at the 74th minute, they dropped, Rodrigo giving the slide as he hurried on the cracked free-kick of Daniel Parejo and grabbed the ball to the Chelsea defence.
After Chelsea’s players appealed for a handball, the drama reached fever pitch five minutes from time, along with replays did show protector Wass’ hand had struck at.
After an VAR delay, a spot-kick was given however Barkley, on as a replacement only seven minutes before, took responsibility only to crash his campaign.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard:”Ross is the penalty taker. He had been in pre-season and felt a few, has been when he’s begun, and was today when he came on and he overlooked it. I really don’t understand what the conversation was. Willian and jorginho were the penalty takers on the pitch, but he becomes the punishment if Ross comes on.
“We probably deserved a win, or at least a draw. Enough was created by us . Therefore it is a brutal lesson in Champions League football, not lots of chances but good chances and clearly a penalty, then we concede from the 1 shot on target. It is a match we played well in, and we dropped.
The great news is we’ve got five more games to go in the team, but that’s the reality of losing the first game in the home, it leaves people [other] matches more significant particularly as they come back to back away from home”
The Debate was told by former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell:
“It is the identical rigmarole as the Paul Pogba one – who is the designated taker? Barkley arrived after 80 minutes, so Jorginholooks taking penalties and’s normally and on takes them. I can not find him not needing to take one.
“I will see exactly what Willian’s performing when it comes to saying’Can you fancy this? You come on’. When Barkley says , he walks away but he had gone once, twice, three times.
Chelsea host team leaders Liverpool on Renault Super Sunday – live from 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 4.30pm. Chelsea travel to Lille on Matchday 2 of the Champions League on October 2; kick-off 8pm.
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