Within the latter phases of final season, Christian Pulisic was arguably the Premier League’s finest participant.
So Frank Lampard’s resolution to play him out on the correct wing within the 0-Zero draw with Sevilla on Wednesday evening baffled many.
The Blues boss paid the worth for his resolution to play Mason Mount on the left and will have price his facet the three factors of their Champions League opener.
Kurt Zouma had one of the best probability of a irritating west London evening, the France defender’s free header dropping all sting by way of a deflection.
However regardless of flashes of promise the Blues boss is but to seek out one of the best match for his expensively assembled jigsaw.
Match-again Edouard Mendy no less than stored a clear sheet, the Senegal stopper producing a tidy efficiency on the evening Petr Cech was named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.
The place Chelsea performed quick and unfastened within the weekend’s turbulent draw with Southampton although, right here the Champions League Group E opener proved in the principle insipid.
Chelsea did handle to begin the evening brightly sufficient, with Reece James exploiting area on the correct flank.
Two half-chances got here and went although, and Jorginho’s low-cost yellow card handed Sevilla a harmful set-piece.
Suso whipped within the cross and Nemanja Gudelj’s header would have nestled within the web however for a deflection off Zouma that allowed Mendy to palm clear.
Nothing encapsulated Chelsea’s off-kilter first-half greater than Timo Werner managing to overrun his personal onwards header.
Because the ball dropped the unsuitable approach, one other sensible James go was wasted.
Lucas Ocampos drilled low on aim after Zouma’s miscued clearance, however Mendy was as much as the problem.
Werner nonetheless had time to scuff a late effort in closing a lacklustre half, earlier than Chelsea headed for an apparent dissection of a irritating exhibiting.
The hosts returned in brighter spirits, with Pulisic’s swap to the left including speedy steadiness.
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Zouma linked with a free header from a wonderful Chilwell nook, just for Gudelj’s lucky deflection take away the sting and reward goalkeeper Yassine Bounou a facile save.
One other headed probability for Zouma shortly got here and went, earlier than the match once more descended right into a midfield muddle.
Joan Jordan linked sweetly with a volley after a nook, solely to see his dipping effort land the unsuitable facet of Mendy’s crossbar.
Lampard by this stage had pitched Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech into the fray in a bid to inject some much-needed impetus.
That tempo by no means elevated nonetheless, leaving the Blues to lament a disjointed draw.