Chelsea’s new signings show out in Champions League route

General view of Krasnodar Stadium, UEFA Champions League, Krasnodar and Chelsea FC (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
General view of Krasnodar Stadium, UEFA Champions League, Krasnodar and Chelsea FC (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images) /

Chelsea got their first win of this seasons Champions League, beating Krasnodar 4-0 away from home.

Chelsea’s big offensive signings in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech started together for the first time on Wednesday night. When Christian Pulisic subbed in late, it was the first time we got to see the four forwards take the pitch together. All four would go on to finish the game with goal contributions.

They got involved early. Hakim Ziyech cut in and played Cesar Azpilicueta down the sideline, who would cross to Werner. The German forward was fouled off his touch, giving Chelsea their first chance to break the deadlock. It would not be taken though, with Jorginho’s penalty hitting the post.

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Ziyech was back involved again later in the half, this time combining with Havertz. In the middle this time, he found Havertz on the edge of the box. From there Havertz found Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose shot made its way through the keeper rather fortunately to give the Blues an early lead.

With under twenty minutes to go, Pulisic was brought in. It did not take him long to get involved. Ziyech was again the provider, finding Pulisic in the box with a deflected pass into the box. His first-time volley drew a handball, giving Chelsea their second penalty of the night. This time Werner stepped up and made no mistake to put Chelsea up 2-0.

From there the floodgates opened. Pulisic was released down the sideline by Mason Mount’s flicked header. He played Werner into the box, and the striker would cut it back to Ziyech to score his first goal for Chelsea.

In the 90th minute, the American put the exclamation point on the performance. Tammy Abraham played him into a similar position he drew the penalty from, and this time he was able to find the bottom corner.

It was a day for Chelsea’s forwards, with Werner, Havertz, Ziyech, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, and Abraham getting either a goal or an assist.

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On the other end of the pitch, the man between the sticks hitting his own goals. Edouard Mendy has now kept four straight clean sheets for the Blues, making it a perfect night of football for the London side.

Do you think Frank Lampard will start all of them together this weekend when we switch back to Premier League action?