Sevilla confirm three players out of Champions League trip to Chelsea

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2020

"When you are weak defensively sometimes we feel like we have to score three or four goals every game, which sometimes you can not do, it's a reality", Azpilicueta told reporters ahead of Tuesday's Champions League opener against Sevilla.

The 7-1 aggregate defeat was the second heaviest suffered by an English side in the history of the Champions League.

Chelsea are expected to qualify for the knockout stages once again having been drawn into a group with Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes.

But they begin the campaign with arguably their toughest test against last season's Europa League winners.

Since August a year ago, City have faced 320 shots (including blocks), compared to Chelsea's 379 and Liverpool's 386, which suggests Lampard's Blues should have a much better record in terms of keeping out the opposition. I don't know if you were listening before, but the other stat is since we have been here, we have conceded the second least shots in the Premier League behind Man City, so sometimes it helps you to narrow down some of the issues.

"You have to have absolute focus because of the level of teams you're playing, and particularly as we start against Sevilla", Lampard told Chelsea's official website as he sent a message to his players.

Werner and Havertz registered their first league goals for Chelsea against Southampton on Saturday, becoming the fifth and sixth German players to score in the Premier League for the Blues, though they were held to a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm certainly not looking to play courageous football in the last moments of a game and that was my message to the side", he added. I don't think the players did that enough. I'm talking about game management.

A big part of Chelsea's defensive problems has been the form of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. So it's absolutely the players' choice.

"Through a season you are not going to be winning 3-0 or 4-0 every week, you have to work to get results and at the moment we have to improve that".

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