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UECL: Chelsea frustrated in home draw with Sevilla

Chelsea v Sevilla in the Champions League
Chelsea had four attempts at goal in the opening 14 minutes of the second half, double their tally from the first half

Chelsea suffered a frustrating start to their Champions League campaign as they were held by Sevilla, their first goalless draw under Frank Lampard.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy marked his return from injury with an excellent save to claw away Nemanja Gudelj’s header after it had flicked off Kurt Zouma.

Former Liverpool forward Suso headed wide before Lucas Ocampos forced another save from Mendy after Zouma’s poor clearance.

Chelsea improved after the break, Zouma and Ben Chilwell both heading chances straight at goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Sevilla went close to taking the lead in spectacular fashion through substitute Joan Jordan’s dipping volley from a corner.

With Group E rivals Rennes held 1-1 in France, Chelsea head to Russia next Wednesday to face Krasnodar with all four teams on one point.

Positives for Lampard despite draw

Chelsea have started this season with a flurry of goals at one end of the pitch – and defensive implosions at the other.

While they failed to score for only the second time in eight games this season, Lampard’s side at least managed a clean sheet after a much-improved performance at the back.

Fifty-eight days after appearing in the final for Paris St-Germain, Thiago Silva returned to the Champions League stage as Lampard shuffled his defence after conceding three against Southampton last Saturday.

Reece James also marked his return to the defence with a solid performance, while Mendy’s save to deny Gudelj proved Chelsea have at least one pair of safe hands in the squad after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s problems.

But on a night when Lampard became only the second Englishman to manage in two Champions League campaigns, after Sir Bobby Robson, Chelsea struggled to cause Sevilla enough problems going forward.

Timo Werner, with seven goals and two assists in his previous 11 games in the competition, lacked service and on the rare occasions he did get sight at goal he was unable to make an impact.

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy makes a save during his side's Champions League goalless stalemate with Sevilla
Edouard Mendy produced a solid display as Chelsea recorded a first clean sheet in the Champions League since winning 1-0 at Ajax in October 2019

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