The Graham Potter era at Chelsea begins without magic. The new coach ‘blue’, appointed last Thursday to replace Thomas Tuchel, debuted this Wednesday with an unexpected draw (1-1) against a competitive salzburg at Stamford Bridge, where the Champions League anthem was not played out of respect for the deceased Queen isabel IIwhich received an emotional tribute from the London fans.
Raheem Sterling put the Londoners ahead at the start of the second half, but Noah Okafor He put the tables in the final stretch against a rival in low hours that is still bottom of Group E with a single point after two disputed days.
The referee, ‘out of coverage’
Their overwhelming possession of the ball throughout the match against a Salzburg side that held up well against a Chelsea that made 17 total shots (four on goal) in a match that had to be stopped for about two minutes in the first half because the main referee, Ivan Kruzliak, lost communication with the VOR room.
After the break, the ‘blues’ took advantage on the scoreboard. Mount he threw a pass from the right, the ball went around the balcony of the area, passed between the legs of the former azulgrana aubameyang and finally fell to Sterling. The former Manchester City player did not fail with a great shot with his right leg.
Potter soon made his first changes and Aubameyang, still lacking in ‘spark’, he was one of the first to be replaced. When the Londoners seemed to have their first win in this Champions League on track, the salzburg took advantage of a mismatch of the local defense to tie by means of Okaforsomething that further complicates the situation of the ‘blues’ in a group now led by a Milan that did not fail (3-1) against Dinamo Zagreb, executioner of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea by beating the English (1-0) on the first day of the league.
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Silva, Azpilicueta (Ziyech, m.81), Cucurella; Jorginho, Kovacic, Havertz (Loftus-Cheek, m.66); Mount (Gallagher, m.81), Sterling (Pulisic, m.84) and Aubameyang (Broja, m.66).
Salzburg: Kohn; Dedic, Bernardo, Pavlovic, Ulmer; Seiwaid, Capaldo, Kjaergaard, Sucic (Kameri, m.70); Okafor (Koita, m.85) and Sesko (Adamu, m.70).
Goals: 1-0. Sterling, m.48 and 1-1. Okafor, m.75.
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia) booked James (m.79) for Chelsea and Adamu (m.76), Pavlovic (m.77), Ulmer (m.78) and Capaldo (m.89) for Salzburg.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the second day of Group E of the Champions League group stage played at the Stamford Bridge stadium (London) in front of 38,818 spectators. A minute of silence was observed for the death of Queen Elizabeth II
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