Chelsea Vs Valencia: As Chelsea takes on Valencia, we shall look at the three players who could change the game on their own.
Chelsea will take on Valencia in the opening day of new Champions League season. The Blues are taking part in this competition after a year gap, when they clinched the Europa League in the meanwhile. Valencia, on the other hand, are plying their trade in Europe’s prestigious competition for the second consecutive season.
The Blues are on the back of a successful season under Maurizio Sarri. The English side lifted the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League, which would have automatically guaranteed Champions League spot too. Frank Lampard has imposed attacking method, but it was totally cancelled out in the other end. They have won just two games out of five games in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Valencia sacked their manager Marcelinho after just four games. They are with four points, which is surely a bad start for the season, but the board went overboard by sacking the gaffer who brought them Champions League football and their first trophy in 12 years. They have enough talent to disrupt their opposition, similar to Chelsea.
Chelsea head into this game as favourites, but their opponents have more than an ample team to cause problems.
We shall look at three players who could change the game on their own for this clash.
#3 Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Frank Lampard is expected to stick with the back four due to a shortage of centre-backs. The Chelsea boss will use the new boy Christian Pulisic through the left-wing to exploit Valencia’s backline.
The USA International has a breakneck pace and can cut in from outside to score wonder goals. He scored one against Liverpool in the Super Cup, but it was adjudged off-side. Pulisic is also more direct and can link up with his teammates to constantly make runs behind the opponent defence.
The 20-year-old has two assists, with one apiece in the Super Cup and Premier League this season. He’s yet to stamp the authority at Stamford Bridge but has the ability to cause disruption their backline. The former Borussia Dortmund forward will be hoping to break the duck in his sixth appearance for Chelsea.