Advertisement
Thursday, Dec 02, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Lukaku seals Chelsea win over Zenit to start CL defense

Lukaku seals Chelsea win over Zenit to start CL defense
outlookindia.com
1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530
London, Sep 15 (AP) Four games. Four goals.

Just what was expected of Romelu Lukaku. Just what Chelsea missed so often last season. And just what he couldn''t produce in his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

The striker who couldn''t even get on the field in the Champions League a decade ago for Chelsea is back as the leading targetman.

On his European debut for the club, the 28-year-old Belgian ensured Chelsea made a successful start to its Champions League title defense by clinching a 1-0 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

The goal showed why Chelsea invested a club-record 115 million euros ($135 million in August) in signing from Inter Milan the player it offloaded in 2014 as a peripheral figure.

Lukaku darted into space in the penalty area, evading the defense, to meet a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta and head it into the net in the 69th minute against the Russian champions.

“That is why he is here," Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said.

“It is another step ahead, because winning and another clean sheet is super important for the belief and for our process. We are not finished, but are in a good place to improve.”

It added to the three goals — including two in Saturday''s win over Aston Villa — Lukaku has already scored in the Premier League this season.

“We have to keep growing. Today was a better performance than the weekend,” Lukaku said.

“It was a beautiful ball from Cesar. I just had to get my timing right and then place the ball in the corner.”

Juventus'' goals means it has the early edge in Group H after beating Malmo 3-0.

As European Cup wins go, Chelsea''s triumph has seemed understated, just as beating Manchester City in the final in May was unexpected.

Coronavirus restrictions denied Chelsea a victory parade in May. There wasn''t even the parading of the trophy around Stamford Bridge before the start of the title defense on Tuesday.

There were, however, individual European season awards handed out to players and Tuchel by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin after an explosion of fireworks above the main stand.

The head of European football received a smattering of jeers from the Chelsea fans, although this isn''t a club with a great grievance against UEFA. Especially as Chelsea fans protested the club''s ill-fated pursuit of a Super League in April that Ceferin opposed. (AP) APA

APA


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

More from Website

Asian Squash Team Championship: Saurav Ghosal Stars As India Beat Pakistan, Extend Winning Run

Asian Squash Team Championship: Saurav Ghosal Stars As India Beat Pakistan, Extend Winning Run

Having lost his opening two games, Sourav Ghosal made a brilliant comeback by winning the final three games and also the match against Pakistan Tayyab Aslam in the Asian Squash Team Championship.

Satyendar Jain Tells Officials To Upgrade STPs And Biogas Plants In Delhi In 12 To 15 Months

Satyendar Jain Tells Officials To Upgrade STPs And Biogas Plants In Delhi In 12 To 15 Months

Jain instructed the officials to upgrade all STPs and sludge biogas plants using state-of-the-art technology instead of the conventional one, which he claimed takes four to five years.

Delhi High Court Pulls Up Muncipal Corporation On Doubling Of Dengue Cases

Delhi High Court Pulls Up Muncipal Corporation On Doubling Of Dengue Cases

The bench said dengue cases have doubled and if all the officials are working toward one goal, how is it that the numbers have doubled, or is it that the situation is beyond repair.

More from Outlook Magazine

Letter From The Issue Editor

Letter From The Issue Editor

Home Together

Home Together

It’s an orphanage for young transgenders and others, who are socially ostracized.

Elvis Plays A Different Game

Elvis Plays A Different Game

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement