Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, full debutant Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all found the net as the Blues ran riot in Russia. Click here to read our report on the game.
Reaction to the performance from Callum Hudson-Odoi, who got us up and running with his first Champions League goal, can be watched below.
‘It’s been frustrating for him and for us his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start, but what I’ve seen in training and what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality with personality to receive the ball and find assists and goals. We saw a lot of glimpses of that today, and he will get better.
‘We brought him in to do a job, maybe people have forgotten a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season, but tonight he showed he is here.’
Callum Hudson-Odoi started on the left wing and opened the scoring
‘Callum deserved a chance to play. He’s trained very well recently, we have competition in those areas and we are also in the middle of a very busy patch of games. We need input from all the attacking players, and we had that today: Callum getting his goal, Hakim, Christian coming on for a goal. I was very pleased with those parts of our game.
‘The goal is going to be good for his confidence. There were things I liked in his game: the desire to run behind the defence, sometimes one v one it didn’t go his way but when you play in the Champions League and you get that goal, I know the feeling of confidence it can give him.’
State of play in Group E
The victory, our third away from home in the Champions League under Lampard, moves us top of Group E, ahead of Sevilla who beat Rennes 1-0. Our next two European assignments are against the French team, either side of the international break, with the first at Stamford Bridge a week today.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell (Emerson 80); Jorginho (Kante 71), Kovacic (Mount 71); Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi (Pulisic 71); Werner (Abraham 80).
Unused subs Caballero, Ziger, James, Tomori, Christensen, Giroud.
Scorers Hudson-Odoi 37, Werner (pen) 76, Ziyech 79, Pulisic 90
Krasnodar (4-2-3-1): Safonov; Smolnikov, Kaio, Martynovich, Chernov; Utkin (Suleymanov 74), Vilhena; Olsson (Spertsyan 82), Gazinski, Ramirez; Berg (c).
Unused subs Gorodov, Sinitsin, Kutovoi, Sabua, Litvinov
Booked Olsson 22, Martynovich 74
Referee Ali Palabiyik from Turkey.
Lampard on his positive relationship with Rudiger and maintaining edge away from home
Before training at the Krasnodar Stadium this evening, Frank Lampard spoke to the media and discussed his relationship with Toni Rudiger, who he says is ‘very much in contention to play’ tomorrow night.
Pernille Harder captained Denmark to an important 3-1 victory against a strong Italy side in Group B. The Danes have now sealed a place in the European championships following nine wins out of nine. They will entertain second place Italy at the beginning of December for their final Group B match.
Sweden have also booked a place in the finals, joining Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and hosts England. The Swedes’ qualification news came after a 2-0 triumph against fellow Nordic country Iceland. Chelsea’s captain Magdalena Eriksson played at centre-back while Jonna Andersson was stationed at left-back.
England Women’s friendly versus Germany, which was due to take place this afternoon, was cancelled on Sunday due to a positive COVID-19 test result for a member of the Lionesses’ backroom staff.
Melanie Leupolz and Ann-Katrin Berger’s Germany also qualified for the Euros last week with two matches remaining. They take on Greece on Friday 27 November and then travel to Republic of Ireland four days later.
The Blues’ next game is on Tuesday 3 November against Tottenham Hotspur in the Continental League Cup. The home match kicks off at 7pm and can be watched live via The 5th Stand app, the Chelsea website, Chelsea FC Women’s Facebook page and our official YouTube channel.
‘We enjoy playing football. We all love playing for Chelsea, but obviously physically it is difficult because there is so many games and travelling and hotels, but that’s the job. That’s what we’re here for, to play football, to enjoy it. So we don’t think too much about it, we just enjoy the games and that can be good for everyone, because there’s so many games and everyone can play.’
That travelling also means Zouma is away from home on his birthday for this trip to face Krasnodar, as he turns 26 today. However, he says age is just a number within this close knit and young Chelsea squad.
‘I see the young lads come in and naturally I try to speak to the younger lads, but in this group we are lucky because everyone understands each other and I think we don’t put the age ahead of everything. Everyone understands each other, everyone talks to each other, which is very great and that will bring us very far.’
And what would Zouma see as the ideal present for his 26th birthday in Russia?
‘Just a clean sheet and a win,’ he said, with his trademark wide grin. ‘That would be perfect for me, the best gift I could have!’
We head to Russia with things delicately balanced in Group E with all four teams on one point after the first round of fixtures, following our 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge with Sevilla and Krasnodar’s 1-1 draw at Rennes.
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Other team figures recorded by the two sides were more even than shots on target, with the final possession split 50-50 and both teams attempting exactly the same number of passes (582) with identical completion rates (83 per cent).
As skipper Cesar Azpilicueta noted in his post-match interviews however, there was a variation in who was in control in the two halves, with Chelsea having 59 per cent of the ball and making 330 passes to Man U’s 234 before the break, and Man U with 58 per cent and 348 passes to our 252 after it.
Chelsea’s formation at Old Trafford has been described as a back-five and a defensive move to keep the home side out, but as well as it matching the shape that defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teams convincingly in the FA Cup semi-final last season, there are figures to show Ben Chilwell and Reece James had an attacking influence as wing-backs in this latest meeting.
Both sent over six crosses during the 90 minutes, including the one from James that was so nearly reached at the far post by Pulisic. Despite playing primarily in the centre, Man United’s Bruno Fernandes also managed six crosses.