Chelsea faces Zenit
Chelsea began the defense of their Champions League triumph with a difficult draw against Russian Zenit St Petersburg. It became a somewhat boring affair, but Thomas Tuchel’s team ultimately ran out of winners 1-0 despite an incredibly disappointing performance at Stamford Bridge.
This means that Chelsea, also in a group with Juventus and Malmo, sit second in the group behind the Italian team after the first round of matches, with Tuchel taking Turin during the next round of games.
Tonight, however, it was a single man.
Chelsea fans react
It’s safe to say that Romelu Lukaku has already become a fan favorite among the Chelsea faithful following his return to Stamford Bridge. After their header finish, the blue dispositioners were quick to take to social media to point out the main difference between last season and this season.
Which is, of course, that they now have a real option to score goals in the form of Romelu Lukaku:
We would have drawn 0-0 in this type of game last season, what a signing Lukaku has been so far.
– Afiq (@ aaafr98) September 14, 2021
– BleedingBlueFC (@BleedingBluefc) September 14, 2021
That was a 0-0 draw last season, for sure.
But not this one. Rom, Rom, Rom, Romelu Lukaku!
– 🏆🏆 (@TuchelseaFC) September 14, 2021
A player like Lukaku was what we lacked last season. Without him today we would not have been able to score. It’s the little things at this level that make you championship quality.
– Olorogun Ogidigan (@Uzochi_O) September 14, 2021
Lukaku is legitimate, our difference makes what we needed last season.
– Oliver Queen. (@thabo_therex) September 14, 2021
Lukaku could be our best signing since Kante, last season we drew 100% this game 0-0
– ً (@FinlayCFC) September 14, 2021
That’s why we bought Lukaku !! If this were last season, we would be heading for a frustrating goalless draw.
– Kush Moore 🤙🏾 (@kushtoby) September 14, 2021
– Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 14, 2021
Romelu Lukaku, that’s why he is one of the best in the world, in difficult matches where you want to break something, the team around you does not play the best, you still manage to score a vital, incredible goal.
In England and Europe, My Striker. pic.twitter.com/6gbvBgNqZg
– Pys (@CFCPys) September 14, 2021
Imagine if we had Lukaku in the CL final with those opportunities we had in the area. It could have been 2 / 3-0
Hopefully that’s what we can do with the teams this season. I’ve already seen it against Villa because it’s a 0-0 / 1-0 win last season.
– CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) September 13, 2021
– Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) September 14, 2021
Lukaku has scored 4 goals for Chelsea this season, from just 6 shots on target.
Omo, we finally didn’t get the striker
– Elvis Tunde ➐ (@Tunnykvng) September 14, 2021
Chelsea would have tied games like this 0-0 last year, adding a world-class forward to the team will earn them so many points this season.
– James. (@afcjxmes) September 14, 2021
Will Lukaku be the missing piece to lead Chelsea to Premier League glory, as well as help them retain their Champions League title? Early projections certainly suggest that it will be a key contributor if they do.
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|2||Chelsea Football Club||4||8||10|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||4||2||9|
|8||West Ham United||4||5||8|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||3|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||2|
|Fornals, Pablo||West Ham United||2|
|Torres, Ferran||Manchester city||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||2|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||2|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||2|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle united||2|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||2|
|Edouard, Odsonne||crystal Palace||2|
|Player||Team||Red cards||Yellow cards|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||2|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||0||2|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||2|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||0||2|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||2|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||2|
|Struijk, Pascal||Leeds United||1||1|
|Thong, Japhet||Tottenham Hotspur||0||1|
|Herd, Fabian||Newcastle united||0||2|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur||0||2|
|Stephens, Jack||Southampton FC||0||2|
|Marcal, Fernando||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Moro, Lucas||Tottenham Hotspur||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||3|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||3|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trento||Liverpool FC||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||1|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||1|
|Fornals, Pablo||West Ham United||1|
|Torres, Ferran||Manchester city||1|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||1|
|Zaha, Wilfried||crystal Palace||1|
|Mahrez, Riyadh||Manchester city||1|