The first-ever competitive meeting between Chelsea and Sevilla will not go down as a classic although both sides are likely to view the draw as a reasonably steady start to their Champions League campaigns, with these the two favourites to top the group.
The fluidity in the Chelsea attack seen in the Premier League at the weekend was less in evidence tonight against last season’s Europa League winners, but balancing that out and after all the questioning of the defensive side of our play following the points let slip in the last game, there was a clean sheet and no errors gifting chances to the other team.
As against Southampton, Timo Werner looked the Chelsea player most likely to find the net. He had shots saved in each half and Kurt Zouma with a header had the Blues other best effort, but none of those really stretched the visitors’ goalkeeper, and it was fit-again Edouard Mendy who made the best save of the game when he kept out a deflected first-half header.
Chelsea showed more sharpness in attack early in the second half and although Sevilla had a greater share of possession throughout, we ended the game having worked the opposition keeper more. Attention in this season’s crowded Champions League will now turn to our trip to Russia in a week’s time as the next chance for three points.