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5 Things Learned: Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea

The Blues secured their first Champions League win of the season. Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP
Chelsea picked up their first Champions League win of the season with a 4-0 win away to FC Krasnodar. In the first half, Chelsea had the chance to score early, however, Jorginho's spot-kick hit the post. 

With just eight minutes of the half left to play, the Blues finally got their goal thanks to Callum Hudson-Odoi's first-ever Champions League goal. The Blues started the second half very sloppily and were on the back foot. Even though Krasnodar hit the crossbar, Mendy and Chelsea's defence were rarely tested. Lampard's side were given a chance to double their lead on the 76th minute from the spot. With Jorginho substituted, Werner took the responsibility and scored the Blues' second. 

Chelsea managed to keep their third clean sheet in a row. Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP 
Three minutes later, it was three. A tidy piece of play down the left-hand side eventually saw Hakim Ziyech net his first Chelsea goal in his first start. Christian Pulisic netted the fourth in what was an impressive away win in Russia for the Frank Lampard's men. Here's our five things that we learned from Chelsea's win: 

1. Hakim Ziyech's impressive first start for the Blues 

Considering this was Ziyech's first start since March, it's fair to say that he caught the eye of many Chelsea fans with a dazzling performance against Krasnodar. His eye for a pass caused havoc for the Russian's defence at times throughout the game. Going forward he was a threat with some tidy link-up play with Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz. His performance was rewarded with a goal late, which proved to be his last touch. A tidy finish inside the box capped off a great first start for the Morrocan.

2. Another clean sheet plus three points 

For the previous two games against Manchester United and Sevilla, the Blues' defence was on point yet the attacking side of their game was non-existent. The game against Krasnodar was a brilliant well-rounded performance by Chelsea. There was stability at the back and some phenomenal forward play by the Blues. The eleven men out there deserved all the plaudits. From start to finish, Chelsea was consistent. Krasnodar had their moments but rarely threatened the Chelsea goal. 

3. Frank deserves some credit 

In the Champions League, competing teams are allowed to use five substitutes during the 90 minutes. Frank Lampard used that rule to full effect in the clash with the Russian outlet. With the Blues a goal up, Lampard made a triple substitution which arguably changed the game. 

The subs were brought on at the right time, and immediately the likes of Pulisic, Abraham and Mount, Kante and Emerson were involved. Krasnodar did not have a fully fit squad to choose from, and it showed in the latter moments of the game. Therefore, Lampard deserves a lot of credit for introducing the subs at the right time. 

4. Callum Hudson-Odoi's passionate display 

In this footballing era, it does not matter how you score, you just have to get the ball in the back of the net. Hudson-Odoi's goal was very fortunate but it would've done the world of confidence for the young winger. Throughout the game, Hudson-Odoi looked like a threat going forward and, at times, was putting in a shift at the back as well. 

It was clear that Callum was giving 110% on the pitch, going up and down and looking like a threat wherever the game went. He was replaced by Christian Pulisic and it looked like he picked up a slight knock. Frank deserves a lot of praise after his subs appeared to have changed the game for the good. 

5. Kai Havertz's freedom in midfield 

The German international started off slow, giving Krasnodar a chance early on but eventually dusted off those early cobwebs. Kai was arguably at the forefront of the Blues' attack throughout the game. He was involved in the nice linkup for the Blues' first. Havertz had a lot of freedom to run and control the game and do damage going forward. Without a shadow of a doubt one of Chelsea's best players in the game.

Next up for Frank Lampard's side is Burnley in the Premier League.
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