Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar: Jorginho salvages draw for lacklustre Blues

Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar: Midfielder Jorginho salvages draw for lacklustre Chelsea as Frank Lampard’s side end their Champions League Group E campaign successful.

Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar Jorginho salvages draw for lacklustre Chelsea
Highlights: Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar

Midfielder Jorginho scored from the spot as Chelsea finished their successful Champions League Group E campaign with a point against Krasnodar.

Frank Lampard made 10 changes to the side that defeated Leeds at the weekend, giving a first senior start to Tino Anjorin, while fellow 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour made his first start since recovering from injury.

The ‘second string’ Blues dominated the early possession, but the Russian side looked dangerous on the break and took the lead in the 24th minute through Remy Cabella. The former Newcastle player started and finished the move with a low shot that sneaked in past the reach of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

However, four minutes later the English side were level when Jorginho converted a penalty after Tammy Abraham had been fouled in the area by Brazilian midfielder Kaio.

England striker Abraham also went close with a low shot that was deflected wide by the boot of keeper Evgeni Gorodov.

The Blues finish Group E as winners with 14 points from their six games.

Chelsea teenagers given chance to shine

Lampard lauded the potential of Gilmour and Anjorin during the build-up, although will the pair, like many before them, struggle to break through at the club?

Anjorin, at the Blues since under-7 level, was making his first start and third senior appearance. Described as a box-to-box midfielder, the Dorset-born player stayed largely on the left of the pitch and produced a couple of loose balls early on before settling.

He came close to an assist when his peach of a pass into the area for Kai Havertz was not given a suitable finish by the German midfielder.

Gilmour made a big impression last season before he suffered a knee injury in July that kept him out of action until last week when he came on in the final minutes of the 4-0 thumping of Sevilla.

The Scot, who moved from Rangers to Chelsea at 16, was excellent in linking the play between the midfield and the likes of Abraham and Havertz further forward. One early strike on goal would have tested Gorodov had it not come off Abraham’s shoulder, while a half-volley was easily saved by the Russian keeper.

As for Kepa, he was making his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt since October. Aside from picking the ball out of the net, the only other time the Spaniard got his jersey dirty was in diving to push away Wanderson’s angled strike.

With speculation over moves for both Kepa and Gilmour in January, it will be interesting to see how many more appearances the pair will make for the high-flying Blues this season.

Ericson Mangoli

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