Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea was among the biggest stories of the summertime, however he requires more assistance from the creative players in the team in the months and weeks ahead. The Belgian’s introduction to Thomas Tuchel’s European champs has raised the side even further and will certainly provide a more effective and medical goal outlet up top.
But, if he’s going to show the difference for the Blues this campaign, their creators have to provide regular service and not rely on one minute of quality from an unforeseeable source -whish is precisely what occurred in Chelsea’s eventual 1-0 success over Zenit on Tuesday night.
Tuchel’s men began their Champions League project with a win, although need to by no methods be pleased with the efficiency. When it came to including a trigger in dangerous locations, it was underwhelming, not medical adequate and, rather frankly, boring. Hakim Ziyech stopped working to impress versus Zenit/ Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Hakim Ziyech’s hour-long stint on the pitch was a perfect summary of his Chelsea profession to date. The Moroccan, admittedly, did a good job at dropping off the forward line and occupying little pockets of space between midfield and attack, but lacked a final result. On the celebrations that Zenit’s Wilmar Barrios
didn’t handle to stifle Ziyech in time, the Chelsea man failed to make his opposition pay. Snap shots that rolled into the goalkeeper’s arms, attempted passes that were far too easily eliminated and an overall appearance of someone completely lost-it was difficult to watch and simply not
good enough. Mason Mount, who lasted until stoppage time, fared much better, The Chelsea youth product actually handled three key passes and looked intense and sharp when he got on the ball – at least he had a real orientation.
The problem came, however, when he tried that killer pass. The ball he’s been able to perform so completely over the past couple of years was missing on Tuesday night and, for big
parts of the game, it looked as though Lukaku would go starving in front of goal due to severely lacking innovative toilers. In the end, it took a minute of precision from right-sided centre-back and ever-reliable servant Cesar Azpilicueta to attend to the big centre-forward. LUKAKU! ⚽ The forward bags his first-ever #UCL goal for Chelsea!? It’s been a difficult evening for Blues but they lastly break the