Chelsea vs Valencia
Champions League Group H
8:00pm Tuesday 17th September
Ross Barkley missed a late punishment that was VAR-awarded as Frank Lampard lost 1-0 to Valencia on his Champions League debut.
Chelsea had the opportunity to cancel Rodrigo’s 74th-minute opener out and then occupying a point when the on-field official was alerted by the Video Assistant Referee with three minutes remaining in the region to Daniel Wass’ handball.
Barkley insisted that he must choose the spot-kick, snatching the ball off penalty taker Jorginho, but his effort cannoned off the crossbar’s top.
The penalty controversy compounded a introduction to Champions League soccer for Lampard, that dropped Mason Mount just 16 minutes and still awaits the very first home victory of his sanity in Chelsea.
Valencia fans and players arrived in disarray after the sacking of supervisor Marcelino last week in London, since they made a classy screen against the youthful side of Lampard which featured four rival debutants but they were mutiny.
Tammy Abraham was denied that the Champions League purpose when his near-post movie was obstructed by Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
When Arsenal midfielder Frances Coquelin abandoned his claws on the inside of the shin of the youngster which pressured off the youngster inside 16 minutes and afforded a yellow card mason Mount obtained a painful introduction.
Abraham went again with a far-post header in Willian run and Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross .
Willian, the biggest threat in the first half of Chelsea , almost fashioned a spectacular opener once Mateo Kovacic’s cross-field pass was controlled by him but his first time shot flew over. And by Cillessen the Brazilian drive towards the near post was evident on the stroke of half-time.
Marcos Alonso took the game to Valencia in the second half, drilling at a free-kick which Cillessen tipped behind before heading the subsequent corner.
But they dropped, Rodrigo giving that the slip as he swept the ball beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga and raced the cracked free-kick of Daniel Parejo to the Chelsea defence.
The play reached fever pitch five minutes from time when Chelsea’s players appealed for a handball, also replays did reveal Fikayo Tomori’s pointer had struck the hands of protector Wass.
Barkley, on as a substitute took responsibility simply to crash his effort although a spot-kick was awarded.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard:”Ross is the penalty taker. He was today when he came on and scored a few, has been when he’s started, and had been in pre-season and he overlooked it. I don’t understand what the dialogue was. Willian and jorginho have been the punishment takers about the pitch, but if Ross comes on, he becomes the penalty taker.
“We probably deserved a win, or at the very least a draw. Enough was created by us . So it’s a harsh lesson in Champions League football, not plenty of fantastic chances but good opportunities and obviously a penalty we concede in the one shot on goal. It’s a match we played in, and we all dropped.
The great news is we’ve got five games to go from the bunch, but that is the reality of dropping the very first game in the home, it creates these [other] matches more important particularly as they return away from home.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell advised The Debate:
“It is the exact same rigmarole as the Paul Pogba one – who’s the designated taker? Barkley came on following 80 minutes, Jorginhoseems taking penalties ‘s on and normally takes them. I can not see him not wanting to take you.
“I will see exactly what Willian’s doing with respect to saying’Do you fancy this? You have only encounter’. He still walks off but he had gone once, twice, three times requesting him, when Barkley says yes.
Chelsea host league leaders Liverpool on Renault Super Sunday – live from 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 4.30pm. Chelsea travel to Lille on Matchday 2 of the Champions League on October 2 8pm.