- Chelsea Were Far From Their Best But Still Enough To See Janita
- Romelu Lukaku finally pierces his stubborn resistance with a header
- Joe Cole praises the way Chelsea ‘getting done’ under Tuchel
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole claimed the Blues had ‘so much power in the depths’ after opening their Champions League defense with a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were far from their best but still good enough to claim a deserved victory on Tuesday night.
Romelu Lukaku finally pierced Zenit’s stubborn resistance in the 69th minute by moving on to the farthest post from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.
Thomas Tuchel’s side was far from their best but still had enough to beat Zenit St Petersburg
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole claims the Blues had ‘so much power in the depths’
Cole told BT Sport: ‘They must be feeling great. That we have a regular Champions League assignment tonight.
They weren’t exactly who they were but they got the job done. It shows that they answer to Tuchel, when he decides to kill the horse, they are together as a team.
‘Chelsea have the most balanced team in the Premier League.
‘There are still very few question marks in United’s midfield, Chelsea’s strength is everywhere. There is great power in the depths.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game against Zenit St Petersburg
‘It’s a good club to be now.’
Rio Ferdinand said: ‘They are a very strong team and they know how. Winning the Champions League gives you so much confidence.
‘They tackle every situation that comes their way, there’s a confidence when they’re doing it.
The striker topped the home side in the second half with a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta
‘For the other teams they’ll be looking at they’ll be thinking wow, these guys are serious.
‘There will be ups and downs but wow, they are answering every question that comes to your door.
‘It is amazing to see the change in the team, it is a phenomenon.’