Dinamo Zagreb 1 Chelsea 0: surprised the Blues with an early goal as the Champions League campaign got off to a shocking start

Even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s face mask couldn’t hide Chelsea’s poor performance.

It was overshadowed by the £12m striker’s worst performance so far this season, which saw coach Thomas Tuchel upset the referee once again as his frustrations compounded.

Mislav Orsic of Dinamo Zagreb celebrates after breaking the deadlock early

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Mislav Orsic of Dinamo Zagreb celebrates after breaking the deadlock earlyCredit: AFP
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to find the target in his blue bow

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to find the target in his blue bowCredit: AP

Aubameyang, 33, has been dumped from the start and wears a custom plastic face covering to protect the broken jaw he suffered in a raid on his home in Spain just eight days ago.

It was supposed to give Chelsea a boost, but a disastrous overall performance and display of tactical disaster by Tuchel summed up a miserable Champions League opening night.

The English Premier League team changed its defensive lineup twice in 90 minutes as Tuchel tried and failed to control the Croats match.

Chelsea’s new £105m duo of Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana were also humbled by a Zagreb goal in the first half as the attackers easily controlled the Zagreb defence.

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Winger Mislav Orcic, who two years ago destroyed Tottenham with a hat-trick in the Europa League, scored again to put pressure on Tuchel as his side struggle to gather any momentum in a difficult start to the season both at home and abroad. .

Orcic comfortably outscored Fofana in the 13th minute goal that gave Dinamo a famous victory on the 55th anniversary of the day they beat Leeds to win the now-defunct Fairs Cup.

And had it not been for my two saves by Chelsea reserve keeper Kepa – one of which was an amazing one with one hand on the crossbar, it would have been worse.

By the end of the match, Tuchel at one point used all six major signings from the summer transfer window costing more than £200m just to see them flop.

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To make it worse for Aubameyang, he put the ball in the net in his first game for Chelsea, only for Ben Chilwell who was sentenced for offside.

Reece James also hit the post in the last minutes.

Chelsea needed a late fighting response and the help of an incorrect VAR decision at the weekend to take three points against West Ham at home and it was an even worse performance.

Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs gave a yellow card to Tuchel, who was visibly upset by moving complaints about wasting time at Dinamo in the second half.



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