Chelsea blunted by Sevilla in dour Champions League opener

Timo Werner TEAMtalk

Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Europa League winners Sevilla at Stamford Bridge.

A game that was high on energy was lacking in clear-cut chances, as the Blues struggled to create against the LaLiga side.

The Blues welcomed back goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for the Group E clash, while Thiago Silva replaced Andreas Christensen at centre-back.

Chelsea’s struggled for rhythm and incision in the opening period, with a weak Timo Werner effort their best chance after good work by the impessive Reece James.

Nemanja Gudelj had the best chance of the first half for the visitors, however, heading Suso’s free-kick goalwards, only for Kurt Zouma’s deflection to allow Edouard Mendy to pull off a smart reaction save.

Frank Lampard’s men started the second half with greater urgency and went close when Zouma miscued a header straight at the keeper when he should have done better.

Werner tries his luck

Werner then tested Yassine Bono with a 25-yarder but it was straight at the Sevilla stopper.

The Blues almost found themselves a goal down with just over 20 minutes to go, however, when substitute Joan Jordan hit a dipping strike that went just over the bar.

And it Sevilla finished the stronger of the two sides in a game of few chances.

Chelsea introduced Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi late on to try and add an attacking spark, but the contest finished goalless.