For Graham Potter’s first, Chelsea were held in check by Salzburg (1-1) in the Champions League

For Graham Potter’s first, Chelsea were held in check by Salzburg (1-1) in the Champions League

For Graham Potter’s first, Chelsea were held in check by Salzburg (1-1) in the Champions League

Another bad operation for Chelsea in this 2022-2023 Champions League. Kept in check on the lawn against Red Bull Salzburg (1-1), the Blues have only one point after two days in Group E. Last in the group, the Londoners have put themselves in an awkward situation and have never really mastered their subject against opponents who achieved a positive result at Stamford Bridge. If Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, Noah Okafor found the key to respond and allow the Austrians to come back from the banks of the Thames with a point. For new manager Graham Potter, this first on the Chelsea bench leaves a mixed impression.

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With a new boss at the helm, Chelsea were probably hoping for a better start. Already defeated on the lawn of Dinamo Zagreb on the first day, the winner of the C1 in 2021 wanted to offer his audience a first success in the competition this season. But in reality, this might not be possible. Too inaccurate in the last gesture of the first period, the Blues lost chances to Kai Havertz (11th), Raheem Sterling (39th) or Mason Mount (40th).

Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) versus RB Leipzig.

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By dint of going back too far, the Blues were punished

Faced with a very compact defensive wall, Chelsea still managed to open the scoring as soon as he returned from the locker room: Mount found Sterling at the far post and the former Citizen scored his 25th career goal in C1 a clear right foot strike (48 °, 1-0).

Definitely launched, Chelsea? For nothing. After opening the scoring, the locals began to stall to preserve the result. A bad strategy, as Benjamin Sesko has devastated the London defense several times (41st, 53rd). By dint of retreat, Chelsea gave hope to the opponent and after a first header by Noah Okafor captured by Kepa (74th), the Swiss forward equalized with a flying cross (75th, 1-1) .

In an emergency, the Blues rush to the attack but Hakim Ziyech stumbles in front of Philipp Köhn (84 °) and Armando Broja kicks over (90 ° + 3). A point in two days for Chelsea is not much. Especially before facing AC Milan, the reigning Italian champion and group leader, in the next two matches …

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