Frank Lampard’s managerial debut in the UCL went south as Chelsea lost at home to Valencia.
The Spanish side edged the Blues 1-0 courtesy of a Rodrigo goal. The Spain international found the back of the net from a clever set-piece which caught the Blues defenders flat-footed.
Chelsea could have equalised the game after the VAR spotted a handball, but Ross Barkley missed his penalty shot as the ball clipped the crossbar and went over.
However, it was not all bad for Chelsea as there are some players who could proudly hold their heads up high.
Willian displayed a brilliant game against Valencia. The 30-year-old Brazilian international has done exactly what he is expected to do. He had upped his game after Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount have arrived. Willian, for his stellar performance against Valencia, will easily be a shoo-in against Liverpool this weekend.
Fikayo Tomori is another Chelsea player who had a solid performance all night. He was literally a wall at the back of the Chelsea defence and was a thorn for the attackers. He was a mainstay for Lampard back when he was at Derby and has made the transition to Chelsea’s first team effortlessly. Tomori had filled the shoe that Davis Luiz had left when the Brazilian defender left Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.
Another defender showed that he can be the fill the shoe of Luiz. Andreas Christensen had an amazing performance all night. He was as equally effective as Tomori. He had mastered the art of defending after he was sent to Borussia Monchengladbach on a two-year loan. Now, the youngster together with Tomori had provided some composure to the Blues defence.