Chelsea and Sevilla play to a goalless draw as Mendy returns in goal for the Blues
- Both teams had a flurry of chances in the first half at Stamford Bridge but it was goalless at the interval
- Sevilla substitute Joan Jordan went close midway through the second half with a lovely dipping volley
- Timo Werner had a number of openings in Chelsea’s Champions League opener on Tuesday night
- But both sides could not find the breakthrough and the points were shared in the Group E clash at the Bridge
- Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19
Chelsea and Sevilla play to a goalless draw as Mendy returns in goal for the Blues.
It was the first time Chelsea have taken part in a goalless draw under Frank Lampard’s tenure.
The Blues have been leaky in defence which showed over the weekend when they let a three-goal cushion slip from them against Southampton.
But for a team who conceded seven in two games against eventual winners Bayern Munich during their previous outing in this competition, this result will come with an understandable degree of optimism.
Chelsea stood firm when in recent weeks they have buckled. That will mean the world to the Lampard.
‘Clean sheets are something you strive for always. Against a very good team, it was a very good defensive performance from us,’ said Lampard.
Having delivered a thinly-veiled dig at Kepa Arrizabalaga in his pre-match press conference, the Chelsea manager did nothing to repair his beleaguered goalkeeper’s shot confidence by dropping him for Edouard Mendy, who’d trained just twice ahead of Tuesday night’s clash after recovering from injury.
On this evidence, he appears a far safer option than Arrizabalaga. His handling was secure, his distribution encouraging and shot-stopping promising.
Sevilla ended the first half with 56 per cent possession, but their concerns were clear – keeping Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic quiet for the entire 90 minutes was an unlikely scenario.
The Blues travel back to London ahead of a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.