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jeepers keepers Frank Lampard on Chelsea's stalemate as he explains why Petr Cech could come out of retirement


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (Nick Potts/PA)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (Nick Potts/PA)


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (Nick Potts/PA)

Chelsea... 0 Sevilla... 0

Chelsea opened their Champions League campaign by grinding to a disappointing goalless draw with Sevilla at Stamford Bridge.

Kurt Zouma had the best chance of a frustrating west London night, the France defender’s free header losing all sting through a deflection.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ended the night with all six of their £200million summer signings on the pitch for the first time, but despite flashes of promise the Blues boss is yet to find the best fit for his expensively assembled jigsaw.

"When you play in the Champions League sometimes you rely on a moment but for us tonight it didn't quite come," stated Lampard.

"The last bit wasn't there today, but we can't complain, we've scored a lot of goals in the Premier League so far so we have to be happy with the clean sheet.

"It feels good to get the clean sheet, it's something you always strive for. Thiago Silva was excellent, he has experience and quality. Edouard Mendy had one save to make and he made a good save, he was good with his feet.

"Against a good team, it was a very organised performance from us. We have to build, it's a long season and we're in the early stage of it - it's a good start in a difficult group."

Lampard will doubtless have been puzzled by this stalemate – with his regimented but uninspired Chelsea almost the exact opposite of Saturday’s sloppy but exciting Blues in the 3-3 Southampton draw.

Fit-again Edouard Mendy at least kept a clean sheet, the Senegal stopper producing a tidy performance on the night Petr Cech was named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.

Technical director Cech will only come out of retirement in a coronavirus-related emergency, but the 38-year-old has impressed on the Blues’ Cobham training fields in recent weeks while helping hone Lampard’s keepers.

At 38 Cech is younger than 39-year-old veteran stopper Willy Caballero, and will add extra cover in the Blues’ league squad.

"It's not done for the romance of what he has done before," explained Lampard. "It's not something I would expect to happen, but if we are in crisis then there are few people better to have around than Cech."

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