An early goal by Mislav Orsic doomed a sluggish Chelsea to a crushing defeat in the Champions League with a score of 1-0 from Dinamo Zagreb.
A great goal by Croatian striker Orsic was enough for Dynamo to beat the winners of the 2021 Champions League at the Maksimir Stadium.
Rhys James delivered a fatal blow to the post, but Dynamo could not be denied a victory so famous and deserved for the hosts, since it could be devastating for the Blues.
Thomas Tuchel’s tasteless Chelsea dominated the ball from the first to the last moment, but turned out to be alarmingly toothless in the final third.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied a debut goal when he struck from Ben Chilwell’s cross, but the England defender found himself offside after Mateo Kovacic’s pass.
The new Blue striker Aubameyang looked uncertain, although the Gabonese striker can be given freedom of action, given that he was wearing a mask to protect a broken jaw.
However, Chelsea’s other inappropriate accusations may provide little justification against the background of the recent unpleasant result for the Blues.
The new Stamford Bridge bosses may have spent a Premier League record 273 million pounds in the summer transfer window, but they are still a transitional team.
Dynamo has never reached the playoffs of the Champions League, and yet the hosts of Homespun had enough strength to action with the two-time winners of the tournament.
Chelsea have already played six matches without a clean sheet, and the disappointment of boss Tuchel was expressed in another yellow card – after his removal in the match with Spurs with the score 2:2.
Tuchel will not need to be told that Chelsea must gain momentum, and quickly, so that the new era does not turn into a crossroads.
Mason Mount has been given a new role in defensive midfield along with Kovacic. A clever idea in theory from Tuchel, trying to benefit from the speed of the Mount and its ability to push.
But against the backdrop of Chelsea’s unsuccessful first half, the England team too often lost positional discipline, leaving Dynamo with glaring gaps that could be exploited.
Tuchel changed lineups and ideas several times in an attempt to turn the situation around after the break, but Dynamo held firm, while Chelsea again showed fluency.
Chelsea took the initiative early, dominating possession, but several half-moments remained unfinished.
Debutant Aubameyang beat Sterling only for the England striker’s shot to be well blocked. Then Aubameyang was looking for a square ball when he should have hit the goal.
However, in the blink of an eye, Zagreb snatched the lead. Chelsea’s strike broke down on the edge of the Dynamo penalty area, and the home team strengthened their defense. Two passes after, Orsic beat Wesley Fofana and shot past a desperate Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Orsic missed another chance as Chelsea’s misery continued before Chilwell had to block another scorer’s shot.
Chilwell’s shot begged for completion when Chelsea started pressing again, but Aubameyang’s touch eluded him and Dynamo won back.
Hakim Zieh replaced Cesar Aspilicueta at half-time, and Chelsea moved to the four defenders.
Aubameyang quickly struck after Chilwell’s low shot, but the left-back was offside after Kovacic’s pass, and the goal was not scored.
Stefan Ristovski almost doubled the advantage of the hosts, striking a sharp shot at the goal from a long distance. Kepa sent the ball to safety over the crossbar.
Armando Broha showed glimmers of hope from the bench, and James struck a weak shot on the bar.
But this after flurry proved fruitless, resulting in Chelsea suffering their third defeat in seven matches this season.