Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel was thrilled with their 1-0 victory regardless of admitting Zenit proved robust to crack, whereas Romelu Lukaku supplied a prototypical striker’s response when requested about Antonio Rudiger’s solo run.
Chelsea toiled away for a lot of the competition versus Zenit till club-record signing Romelu Lukaku discovered the breakthrough. Picked out with an excellent cross by Cesar Azpilicueta, the Belgian hitman did what he does greatest when glancing the ball contained in the far publish.
With a lead lastly gained, the Blues then set about doing what they do greatest as a collective unit – maintaining clear sheets.
Zenit pushed for an equaliser however their efforts had been in the end in useless as Chelsea started their Champions League marketing campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Chatting with BT Sport after the match, Tuchel stated: “It was not irritating. It was robust in opposition to very robust opponents. We needed to work actually arduous. I felt an enormous depth from us which we dropped at the sport.
“We struggled a bit to create probabilities and pictures within the first half. Within the second half it was a bit simpler to seek out areas and shoot. It was a deserved win. Hard-earned. It took us some time to make them drained however I favored what I noticed.
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“You want the vitality from the group and it was a implausible environment.
“It was a superb header [from Lukaku for the goal], a effectively timed cross by Azpilicueta. He was courageous sufficient to step up and we had our bodies within the field. That’s why he [Lukaku] is right here. He likes to attain and he’s decisive for us.
“We anticipated a troublesome sport as a result of it’s the best competitors in Europe and it’s the Russian champions.
“We needed to be at our prime degree. I’m completely satisfied as a result of we needed to work loads. It was not straightforward. It’s robust to carry out constantly at that degree.
“Profitable is nice for our perception. We aren’t completed however we’re in place to enhance. Step one is finished. However there are 5 extra matches to go [in the group stage].”
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Lukaku affords predictable response to Rudiger run
Chelsea matchwinner Lukaku additionally spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “I’m actually proud of the win. At the moment was a greater efficiency than the weekend. We have now to continue to grow.”
“Me and Cesar [Azpilicueta] agree on sure kind of actions on the pitch. I needed to get my timing proper however it was a fantastic ball by him. We knew it could be robust sport however we managed it rather well.”
Concerning Rudiger’s excellent solo run which just about led to a purpose, Lukaku joked: “I anticipated the ball on the finish! It was good. It obtained the crew and the group going.”
When requested what successful the Champions League with Chelsea could be like, the Belgian concluded: “One sport at a time. At the moment is the primary sport. Now we now have a troublesome sport on the weekend in opposition to Tottenham.”
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