Chelsea defeated Zenith in their opening game of the Champions League on Tuesday night with the only goal coming from new signing Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw in the first half, recording no single shot on target and it was obvious the players needed more preping from the coach at the break to try to change the game in the second half.
Chelsea can back better in the second half and were able to grab a goal from an exquisite azpilicueta’s cross in the 69th minute.
After the game Lukaku revealed what Thomas Tuchel said to the group at half time that inspired the win.
Romelu Lukaku on what Thomas Tuchel told Chelsea squad at half-time:
“A little bit of movement in the middle of the pitch, try to create chances through me holding the ball and putting players or through crosses. That’s what we did and eventually we scored a goal from that.”
Thomas Tuchel also acknowledged the improvement of the team in the second half. Speaking after the game the boss said:
“Sometimes you need stuff like this. It was well done. The game was open. [Antonio Rudiger] went through and tried to finish himself, Alonso had a good chance.”
“With time it was easier, we were better and better. It was hard for them when they got tired to constantly defend. It was a high intensity from the crowd. It was a good experience.”