Two-time European Cup champions Chelsea began their 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League campaign with a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, as the group stages commenced.
Mislav Orsic netted the all-important goal in the 13th minute, as the Blues failed to get the equalizer, let alone anything positive from the encounter.
The result no doubt adds to the mounting pressure on German tactician Thomas Tuchel, following unconvincing displays and performances this season.
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FULL-TIME AT THE MAKSIMIR STADIUM: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE MAKSIMIR STADIUM: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea
HALF-TIME AT THE MAKSIMIR STADIUM: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea
13′ MIN: Mislav Orsic scores the first goal of the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League season. He slots in past Kepa Arrizabalaga to give the hosts the lead.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea (M. Orsic)
KICK-OFF AT THE MAKSIMIR STADIUM: Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 Chelsea
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has handed a debut appearance to newly acquired striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – who is set to play in the UCL for the first time since his stint with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Following sub-par displays in recent games, Edouard Mendy has been dropped and replaced with Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Ben Chilwell starts in place of Marc Cucurella.
GNK Dinamo Zagreb’s Starting XI set to take on two-time UCL winners Chelsea.