- Dinamo Zagreb beat Chelsea 1-0 to record a shock result over the former European champions in the first meeting between the two sides
- Chelsea failed to break down a well-drilled Zagreb defence as a 13th-minute winner from Mislav Orsic proved to be the tie-breaker
- Thomas Tuchel will now have to reassemble his troops ahead of next week’s clash with RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s lacklustre start to this season continued as they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.
This is the third consecutive away match that Chelsea have lost under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions.
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Having won the competition just last year, Chelsea walked into the fixture as firm favourites to kick start their campaign with a victory and emerge as group champions.
However, for all their dominance in the game, they were undone by Mislav Oršić’s goal, which came against the run of play.
Tuchel handed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his first start in a Chelsea shirt, but the former Barcelona and Arsenal man couldn’t inspire his side as he had a rather dull evening.
Kai Havertz was Chelsea’s most potent form of attack on the pitch, but even the German failed to conjure up something for the Blues.
Apart from Aubameyang, Tuchel had rang up some changes from the side that beat West Ham United 2-1 on Saturday. Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount returned to the fold. Aubameyang appeared to be off rhythm as he continues to make a full recovery after the horrible attack in his home in Spain that left him with a fractured jaw.
He was substituted just before the hour mark, with his replacement Armando Broja failing to get to the end of two of Reece James’ passes. James hit the framework of the goal to present Chelsea’s best chance of the night.
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His Champions League triumph with Chelsea in 2021 with a squad that he had overseen for less than five months, had a huge impact on his CV. A season before, he had managed to guide Paris Saint-Germain to their first-ever Champions League final.
Tuchel was overseeing a Chelsea training session ahead of their Champions League opener against Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. Silva was left in London to get some rest after the 38-year-old had started all games this season.
Source: Sports Brief News