Sevilla extended their unbeaten streak against English opponents to 8 as their opening game of the European campaign against Chelsea ended in a stalemate.
Edouard Mendy returned to the starting lineup for Chelsea as Thiago Silva and Reece James started in defence, while Ocampos, Suso and Luuk de Jong started as the front three for Sevilla.
Sevilla dominated possession in the early minutes after losing the ball quite a few times, but didn’t conjure much going forward. Jorginho, who was booked early in the half for a cynical foul on Ocampos was lucky to remain on the pitch for his high boot on Rakitic. The resulting free-kick was headed goalwards after a deflection of Zouma, only to be palmed away by Mendy.
Chelsea registered their first shot on target in the 31st minute when Werner’s shot from James’s cross was saved comfortably by Bounou. Sevilla were forced into a substitution when their centre-back Sergi Gomez injured his hamstring, and was replaced by Jordan. Mount and Acuna were booked in quick succession for tugging an opponent’s shirt. There were a couple of decent chances at either end, but the score remained 0-0 as the half ended.
Chelsea started the half with purpose as Pulisic moved to left after spending the first half on right. Zouma had a great chance to open the scoring for Chelsea, but his header from a corner was straight at the goalkeeper. Chelsea started to dominate possession but couldn’t unlock the well-drilled Sevilla defence. Chilwell was next to win a header and direct it straight at the goalkeeper as Chelsea started to push forward.
Suso was replaced by Oliver Torres for Sevilla, while Ziyech made his Champions league debut for Chelsea by replacing Mount. Lampard decided to replace Jorginho, who was already on a yellow card with Kovacic as Sevilla slowly started to dominate possession. Sevilla went close to breaking the deadlock when Jordan’s volley from a corner flew just over the bar. Players from both teams got into decent positions in the final 10 minutes, but couldn’t create much in the final third. Werner and Pulisic were replaced by Tammy Abraham and Hudson-Odoi in the added time, as both teams settled for a point.
Frank Lampard was visibly pleased with his side’s performance, especially from the way his team defended. He stated, ‘Clean sheet something you strive for always. Thiago showed experience and quality. Mendy had one save to make and he made it. It was a very organised defensive performance from us. And they’re very good, which is why they’ve been so successful in the last few years. The work is a constant. You analyse the opposition and the threats they’re going to give you which with Seviila was crosses and getting balls in the box. You might expect a team from La Liga to try and play a lot of passes through the lines, I think they tried a lot of crosses. We dealt with all the things they threw at us. We had a few moments ourselves as well. It was cagey, a matter of two really good teams cancelling each other out in the first game, and we take the point and move on. I think both teams will be pretty happy with that. We’re going to get better, I keep saying the same thing, we haven’t had the personnel in there, playing regularly, getting relationships, working off each other. The more we do that, we’ll get better naturally‘