One of the key tactical changes in this game was evident from half time – Thomas Tuchel pushed Cesar Azpilicueta much further forward, and though it took 25 minutes to pay dividends, Chelsea now have their goal.
Azpi was able to bend in a superb cross from the right half space, just as he used to do for Alvaro Morata, and who else but Romelu Lukaku was there to head the ball in.
The striker’s effort was delicate and technically perfect, matching the ball into the box from his captain.
You can see the goal in the clips embedded here:
The forward bags his first-ever #UCL goal for Chelsea! 💙
It's been a tricky evening for Blues but they finally break the deadlock… pic.twitter.com/V5jRRUR3QQ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 14, 2021
[Footage from BT Sport]
[Footage from ArenaSport]
How many times have we seen Azpi whip crosses as good as this. 😍
Lukaku doesn’t need a second chance. We finally have a killer in front of goal again & it feels so good!🙌💙🔥 pic.twitter.com/KVl6vTTsow
— Claudio⭐️⭐️ (@ClaudioDi__) September 14, 2021
[Footage form BeinSport]