A less than sell-out crowd at
Michael Essien roamed the midfield, and up and down the right side. So many attacks began with the Ghanian midfielder, as many did with Ashley Cole on the left. But the first half didn’t offer much in terms of spectacular play from Cole or the rest of the squad, with
The goal came in the 23rd minute, when Essien was fortunate enough to find himself one-on-one with the keeper after Petri Pasanen’s failed clearance in the box, as Chelsea shirts bounced and tumbled over each other atop of the Bremen defender. Overall, the second half saw some sloppiness from
Drogba missed a sitter in the 62nd minute, when Cole sent a ball across the box to find him all alone on the right. A clean powerful strike that went wide of the post.
Chelsea were lucky to escape an equalizer off of another Torsten Frings ball in that Klose heads onto Cech’s crossbar in the 64th minute.
To add insult to exclusion, Sheva took the next free kick as Lampard left at as a decoy. His shot skips straight to the
Joe Cole came in for Sheva in the 81st minute, his first game back since incurring a knee injury in the Blues’ game against the MLS All-stars. Lots of opportunities for Sheva, but nothing doing on the score sheet.
It really could have been 4-2 instead of 2-0, and Chelsea do well enough to get the three points in their first CL game before they’re off to meet Levski in two weeks time in Sofia. Questions will surround Lampard's inability to score, especially with Ballack's penalty and Essien's strong performance.