A 3-3 collapse at home to Southampton in their previous game had put the squad under pressure but the team produced a display that will be encouraging for future prospects at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s goalless Champions League draw against Sevilla won’t capture many headlines but manager Frank Lampard will be quietly pleased with the clean sheet after weeks of poor defensive displays. It was the first 0-0 draw of his time in charge of the club.
Three new defensive signings started; Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy were back in the team in changes from the weekend alongside the impressive left back Ben Chilwell
Mendy passed a late fitness test after watching Kepa Arrizabalaga continue his struggles on Saturday and the former Rennes keeper put in a dominant display in goal against elite opposition.
After Lampard criticised his players following their lost lead against Southampton, they did much better against Julen Lopetegui’s men.
“I was pleased with that professional element to it after I spoke to the players about game management,” Lampard said at Stamford Bridge.
“There’s new players coming in and trying to feel the way that we want to play.
“I feel, when you are playing in real time without much time to train, that the Southampton game was a hit to us. I thought today was a really positive one as Sevilla are a top team in European football, there’s no doubt about it.
“The concentration and focus you need to get a result, to get a clean sheet tonight, was big for the team.
“The decisions they made when they defended well, the decisions to play longer rather than keep possession, the decisions were good tonight so it is a really nice place to build from