Valencia picked up a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, toppling Chelsea thanks to Rodrigo's second-half goal.
Ross Barkley wasted a fantastic chance to draw the hosts level late on, striking a VAR-awarded penalty over the crossbar after appearing to relieve regular penalty takers Jorginho and Willian of their spot-kick duties - though manager Frank Lampard later confirmed he is the penalty taker when he's on the field.
Both sides were easy on the eye in he first half, though both lacked any real penetration - the first real effort of note coming on the stroke of half-time as Willian tested Jasper Cillessen in the visitors goal.
The Blues improved after the break, with Marcos Alonso going close from a free-kick, but were shellshocked by a sucker punch from Rodrigo - who converted one of Valencia's two shots on target from Dani Parejo's whipped free-kick.
Fikayo Tomori's header onto an unwitting Daniel Wass' arm, via VAR review, gave Chelsea a chance to grab a share of the spoils, but it wasn't to be as Barkley blazed woefully over the top.
Here's 90min's breakdown of the game below.
Key Talking Point
It may have been his Champions League managerial debut, but Frank Lampard not only kept his faith in youth, he opted to use
The formation suited Chelsea on a night when Fikayo Tomori made his debut and an out-of-sorts Kurt Zouma replaced the injured Antonio Rudiger.
Sadly, Mason Mount's competition debut ended on just 15 minutes as he failed to recover from a strong Francis Coquelin challenge; a real blow to Lampard ahead of the impending visit of Liverpool.
Substitues: Pedro (7), Giroud (5), Barkley (4)
Ross Barkley is an absolute and utter disgrace. He ran to the penalty spot to take the pen, argued with Jorginho and Willian, then proceeded to sky it.— EiF (@EiFSoccer) September 17, 2019
Not only is he Chelsea’s worst performing player every time he plays, he’s now gone and done this.
Shouldn’t play again.
Nightmare for Ross Barkley. On as sub, insisted on taking the penalty when Jorginho and Willian wanted it. In-form Tammy Abraham right there too. “No, no”... Annoyed Willian stays to pull socks up in front of him.... Barkley fires penalty over bar. Chelsea 0-1 Valencia FT. #cfc pic.twitter.com/Pj9BmEEPAt— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) September 17, 2019
Key Talking Point
The life of a manager is often a lonely one, something Albert Celades found out the hard way less than a week into his tenure at Valencia. In a rumoured protest at the sacking of his popular predecessor Marcelino, the Valencia players refused to attend pre-match media duties alongside him - not ideal.
Cutting a lone figure, Celades did his best to put a brave face on things and stated that: "
Albert Celades heads to Valencia’s Champions League press conference solo.— Talking LaLiga (@TalkingLaLiga) September 16, 2019
The players refused to send a member of the squad to accompany him. pic.twitter.com/3K6JYYGaxC
Subs: Gomez (6), Lee (4), Diakhaby (4)
Smash and grab it may have been, but goalscorer Rodrigo was the heartbeat of Valencia's good work and all of their
Valencia break the deadlock at Stamford Bridge!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 17, 2019
Rodrigo with the run and his volley beats Kepa. pic.twitter.com/NMlAXHXLxE