Chelsea: Edward Mandy broke record

Chelsea did beat Krasnodar 0: 4 yesterday (Wednesday) in the second round of the Champions League home stage – but make no mistake, the result is definitely higher than the capacity gaps that were on the turf in Russia. However, the Blues came out very encouraged from the nice win and especially from two players – Edward Mandy and Hakim Zeich.

The latter opened for the first time since joining and also celebrated a debut goal, scoring the third in the 79th minute with a beautiful move inside the extension. The Moroccan slowly got into things at Chelsea after being injured for several weeks, and yesterday was involved in his 13th goal in the last 15 games in which he started in the Champions League (six goals and seven assists).

But the great news came from the goalkeeper. The chaos of goalkeepers at Chelsea is known to everyone after the mistakes cluster of Cafe Arisblaga last season and the beginning of the current season, and it seems that the new man between the posts is definitely the right man for the job. This is the fourth time in a row that he has kept a clean sheet (he has played five games in total in all competitions so far) – and this is something he is really not used to in the blues. In general, this is the third game in a row that the team keeps a clean sheet – something that happened for the last time about a year and a half ago (April 2019).

Edward Mandy | MB Media/Getty Images

And when it comes to numbers, Christian Polisic scored the fourth last night and became Chelsea’s 13th different scorer this season – more than any other team in the Premier League. In addition, Callum Hudson-Audrey, the first-goal scorer, became the second player in club history to score in the Champions League before the age of 20. The first to do so was Reese James, who scored last season against Ajax.

Another intriguing statistic – yesterday’s Chelsea are the second non-German team ever to open in the Champions League with three Germans in the squad – Timo Werner, Kai Haberz and Antonio Rodiger. The first to do so was Arsenal in the 2013/14 season, then went up 11 with Per Mertesaker, Lucas Podolski and Mesut Ozil.

Werner Speaking after the game, he admitted: “The game was not as easy as the result says. The first half was very difficult for us. Krasnodar has made us a lot of problems, it is difficult to play against them. They started the second half with high pressure, but we made a very good defense and the penalty we got without a doubt helped us. “

Timo Werner, Frank Lampard | Dmitry FeoktistovTASS via Getty Images

By the way, Chelsea played yesterday for the first time in a long time in front of fans, since in Russia you can bring in an audience and this drew a reference from the coach Frank Lampard: “It was just amazing to play in front of fans. The audience created a great atmosphere here that we forgot how she feels. “

Lampard also complimented Zayk: “His performance was very, but very good, considering that the last time he started in the squad for an official game was in March, when the Dutch league ended and he was still at Ajax. I am also very pleased with the Rodiger and Kurt Zuma brakes. They were concentrated and it was obvious that they really wanted to keep a clean sheet. I have five good brakes on the staff and it is not easy to keep everyone happy, but we need this competition to move forward. “

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