Chelsea complete an early clean-sweep in north London following a Champions League win at the Bridge.
Heavenly Birthday for Ray:
Chelsea’s encounter with Zenit also fell on the same day that would have been Ray Wilkins’ birthday.
He was a true legend at the club and was captain at the tender age of 18. He is still sadly missed by both the club and supporters of all teams.
Zenit at Home:
Chelsea began their defence of the Champions League with a home game against Russian champions Zenit.
Before the game, the winners of UEFA’s awards were presented by Aleksander Ceferin which saw Thomas Tuchel, Édouard Mendy, N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho all receive their respective awards.
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Another Victory in North London:
The day began with the sad news of Jimmy Greaves passing, who died at the age of 81.
The 3000 Chelsea fans who made the short trip to north London were in great voice despite Chelsea’s relatively poor start.In fact, Tuchel’s side didn’t even test Hugo Lloris in the first half.
However, a N’Golo Kanté’s introduction at half time improved the team’s performance which allowed for the Blues to then take control with a masterful second half display – easing Chelsea to a 3-0 victory.
Goals on the day came from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kanté and Antonio Rüdiger.
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Villa Again, This Time in the Carabao Cup:
Chelsea play Aston Villa at home again on Wednesday evening. This time the game will be played in the League Cup, which is a competition that the Blues haven’t won since 2015.
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This game will give Thomas Tuchel the opportunity to rest some of the regular starters and give some of the fringe players a chance to impress.
It may also be an opportunity to give some of the younger players first team experience in the same way that John Terry made his debut, in the same competition and against the same opposition.
The Champions at Home:
Next up for Chelsea in the Premier League is a home game against the reigning Champions of England, Manchester City.
The Citizens will be hoping to seek revenge on the Blues, who simply had their number throughout the second half of last season. This will be Chelsea’s 77th home league game against City, where the Blues have won 38 times whilst scoring 125 goals.
Hopefully, Saturday’s game will see an improvement to last year’s disappointing result which ended in a 3-1 defeat.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).