As Chelsea continued their undefeated start in Champions League Group E with a 3-0 victory over Rennes on Wednesday, Timo Werner scored two first-half penalties.
Before smashing Krasnodar 4-0 last week, Frank Lampard’s side drew 0-0 with Valencia in their opening game and got off to a fine start against their Ligue 1 rivals, with Werner slotting home from the spot in the 10th minute after Dalbert had fouled him.
After receiving a second yellow card for handball in the area four minutes before the interval, the Brazilian was then disqualified, Werner stepping up to slam home his seventh goal of the season in all competitions.
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In the second half, Tammy Abraham added the third five minutes as Chelsea climbed to seven points at the Group E summit, equal with Seville.
When Dalbert tripped Werner in the penalty area, Chelsea was given the chance to take an early lead, the German following up his penalty against Krasnodar last week with another good spot-kick that proved too strong for Alfred Gomis.
Shortly before the break, when he got a second booking to manage Abraham’s shot inside the penalty area, Dalbert’s dismal first half went from bad to worse. After reviewing the pitchside monitor, referee Felix Zwayer made the decision.
To double Chelsea’s advantage, Werner stepped up again and lashed into the roof of Gomis’ net.
Shortly after the restart, Hakim Ziyech blazed a half-volley over from eight yards before Abraham turned home Reece James’ cross within the six-yard area to put the Blues 3-0 up.
As Chelsea eventually struggled to add more glitter to what was the most secure of wins, Gomis denied substituting Olivier Giroud late on.
What does that imply? The blues are barely breaking into a sweat,
Games in the Champions League are not intended to be this easy. Rennes could well point to Dalbert ‘s dismissal as the turning point, but at that time, Lampard’s men were already cruising. They limited Julien Stephan’s side to just two shots on goal and enjoyed a dominant display of 57 percent possession.
The outcome means that in their last 16 Champions League group matches at home, Chelsea have now suffered only one loss.
James in unrelenting shape
At the right-back for Chelsea, James was magnificent, his wonderful cross for Abraham’s goal one of six he delivered during an all-action show. A team-high eight times, he also took possession and completed 92.3 percent of his passes.
Torrid Dalbert ‘s 40 minutes
A turbulent first half was encountered by the on-loan Inter defender, giving away two penalties and getting a red card. The fact that he has completed 100% of his 17 passes would be of no comfort whatsoever.
And what is next?
On Saturday before the international break, Chelsea hosted the struggling Sheffield United in the Premier League, while Rennes faced a challenging trip on the same day to Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.