Fikayo Tomori made his Champions League debut for Frank Lampard’s Blues but Rodrigo Moreno scored the winner at Stamford Bridge.

This was supposed to be the perfect time to play Valencia.

The giants from the Castellon Coast arrived at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in the midst of yet another crisis with fans and players alike reeling after the controversial sacking of popular head coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

And, if new manager Albert Celades wasn’t under enough pressure already, his Los Che debut ended with a 5-2 battering at Barcelona.

So you’d have got long odds on Valencia winning, and keeping a clean sheet, during their Champions League opener away at Chelsea on Tuesday night. But thanks to an opportunist finish from Rodrigo Moreno and a Ross Barkley penalty which clipped the bar on it’s way into the stands, Frank Lampard became the first Blues manager to lose his first European game in charge.

Though it wasn’t all negative, despite an unexpected defeat which puts pressure on those upcoming clashes against Lille and last season’s runners up Ajax.

Fikayo Tomori, fresh from scoring that swerving 30-yard screamer against Wolves at Molineux, once again stood out at the heart of Chelsea’s backline and gave the Stamford Bridge faithful something to smile about after a nightmare return to the Champions League.


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