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UEFA ChampionshipDinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea: The Blues humbled by Dinamo in Croatia

Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea: The Blues humbled by Dinamo in Croatia

Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea
UEFA Champions League
Stadion Maksimir
Group E
Matchday 1

Chelsea, the UCL 2020/21 season winner were favourites leading into the fixture. However, the hosts showed just what they are capable of last night.

The home side wasted little time as they got on the scoresheet through Orsic in the 13th minute. They spent the rest of the contest making little to no mistakes.

The Londoners on the other hand were far from their best. The club did have moments of creativity and looked dangerous on a handful of occasions. However, failing to convert those chances cost the club.

This resulted in the hosts, registering a huge win on matchday 1. As for the visitors they need to turn around things significantly. After a terrible start to the season.

Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea: Match report

Full time score: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea

Scorer: Orsic 13

Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c) (Ziyech h/t), Fofana, Koulibaly; James, Kovacic (Jorginho 59), Mount, Chilwell (Cucurella 71); Havertz, Aubameyang (Broja 59), Sterling (Pulisic 75)

Unused subs: Bettinelli, Mendy, Chalobah, Chukwuemeka, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek, Zakaria, Pulisic

Booked: Mount 58; Koulibaly 67; Tuchel (not on pitch) 76;

Dinamo Zagreb (5-4-1): Livakovic; S.Ristovski, Moharrami (Lauritsen 76), Sutalo, Peric, Ljubicic; Ademi (c) (Baturina 89), J.Misic, Ivanusec, Orsic (Spikic 77); Petkovic(Drmic 90+7)

Unused subs Zagorac, Nevistic, Stefulj, Emreli, Bockaj, Marin, Theophile-Catherine, Bulat

Referee: Istvan Kovacs from Romania

Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea: Managers’ reaction

Ante Čačić, Dinamo Zagreb coach: “I am sure this is historical win. We defeated a mighty Chelsea. I congratulate all my players, they stayed focused for all 90 minutes. We didn’t have a single weak spot in the team.”

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach: “It was an under-performance from us and it was the same story as always. We had an OK start, we didn’t finish our half-chances, we didn’t feel it when the game was already there to put to bed in the first 15-20 minutes then we concede on the counterattack, which was far too easy. From there, we struggled.”

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