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.
Tomori has to stay in the starting 11 now he's giving me Koulibaly vibes very physical, composed and his positioning is excellent https://t.co/NYKb5ja2YQ— 1_A$TIN_5 (@1Tshepo5) September 18, 2019
Best defender last night. Keep up— Olawale Adigun (@Olawarrley) September 18, 2019
Tomori was a standout player. Incredible. He's a future captain.— Rasen - GuiltyGear!! (@RasenRendanX) September 18, 2019
Such a mature professional performance on his debut. He impressed me once again.
Future captain— Callum Broadhead (@CallumBroadhea1) September 18, 2019
One thing which has gone under the radar after last night is how impressive has Fikoyo Tomori been! Absolute quality player. He looks like he has been playing for us for ages. Assured display.#CFC #UCL— Chelsea Statto (@ChelseaStatto) September 18, 2019
Of the 3 kids who've played, I think Tomori has impressed the most.— Cerebral Chelsea (@CerebralChelsea) September 17, 2019
Tammy has obviously got a load of goals, but can he cut it against top sides?
Mount is good in the final 3rd, but doesn't any build up.
Tomori looks composed and skillful in all aspects of his game. #CFC
• Fikayo Tomori— Chelsea News ®️ (@CFCNewsReport) September 17, 2019
- he’s got great recovery runs whenever he’s caught out by his inexperience
- he’s good in the air
- he’s got quick feet
- he’s technically sound
- he can play it long/simple
- he’s settling into the side incredibly quickly and with impressive ease
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