Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Barkley fluffs his lines from the spot as Rodrigo condemns Lampard to defeat

Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Valencia in its opening Champions League match as Ross Barkley missed a late penalty.

Ross Barkley was the first Englishman to take a penalty for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in April 2014 against Stoke City – both players missed their penalties.

Ross Barkley was the first Englishman to take a penalty for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in April 2014 against Stoke City – both players missed their penalties.   -  Getty Images

Ross Barkley missed a late penalty as Chelsea's Champions League campaign under Frank Lampard began with a 1-0 loss to Valencia in Group H.

Valencia's off-the-field issues have overshadowed its on-field exploits since Marcelino's sacking last week, but Albert Celades' side bounced back from its 5-2 defeat to Barcelona with a resilient performance at Stamford Bridge.

With Jasper Cillessen in fine form and Mason Mount's injury having compounded Chelsea's frustrations, the Blues' frailties were exposed once more when Rodrigo Moreno prodded in Dani Parejo's free-kick with16 minutes remaining.

VAR came to Chelsea's rescue when the referee decided to award the host a spot-kick for a Daniel Wass handball, but substitute Barkley - who overruled Willian to take the penalty - struck the bar.

"Once Ross comes on, it's his"

Lampard affirmed Barkley – who took Chelsea's penalties throughout pre-season – is indeed the club's first-choice from 12 yards.

"Ross is the penalty taker. He was in pre-season and he scored a couple and he was when he came on," Lampard told a news conference.

"I don't know what the conversation was [between them]. Jorginho and Willian were the takers on the pitch but once Ross comes on, it's his and he missed it."

Chelsea's head coach believes last season's Europa League champion would have been the worthy winner.

"Probably a win, at least a draw. We created enough, good chances," Lampard, whose side will also face Ajax and Lille in Group H, said. 

"We concede with one shot on target. A game we played pretty well in and lost. For sure, losing at home first game makes it tough.

"In context, it's one game done and it's still a group that I think teams will take points off each other because all the teams are strong and will fancy themselves. There is certainly no reason to be too downbeat now, but we need to win games."

Fresh from his hat-trick against Wolves, Tammy Abraham should have done better in the sixth minute when he latched onto Cesar Azpilicueta's cross - Cillessen making the save.

Chelsea was dealt a blow soon after, Mount's Champions League debut cut short as he failed to overcome an ankle injury inflicted by Francis Coquelin's robust challenge.

Willian's volley drew a brilliant stop out of Cillessen on the stroke of half-time and Valencia's goalkeeper had more work to do when he kept out Marcos Alonso's free-kick.

But just after Lampard had gambled in throwing on Olivier Giroud for Kurt Zouma, Valencia struck.

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Having stole a march on his markers, Rodrigo just managed to make enough contact on Parejo's superb pass.

Chelsea's fortunes looked to have turned with four minutes remaining when referee Cuneyt Cakir handed the side a lifeline having looked at the touch-line screen, but Barkley failed to keep his composure.


What does it mean? Injuries Mount up for Lampard

To add injury to insult, Lampard - who was already without Antonio Rudiger, Emerson and N'Golo Kante heading into Tuesday's match - could now be missing influential midfielder Mount for Liverpool's trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Rodrigo comes alive when it matters

Valencia's front two had hardly tested Kepa Arrizabalaga prior to Rodrigo's chance, but the Spain international made no mistake with a clinical finish.

Barkley's confidence misplaced

Barkley had only been on the pitch seven minutes when he stepped up to take the spot-kick, even though Willian seemed to want it, and there is sure to be an inquest in the Chelsea dressing room as to why the substitute pulled rank after a dismal attempt.

Key Opta Facts

- This was only Chelsea's second defeat in its last 42 Champions League group stage games at Stamford Bridge (W30 D10 L2), with the other against Basel in 2013.
- Frank Lampard became the first Chelsea manager to lose his first Champions League match in charge – 10 of the previous 11 had won, while Gianluca Vialli drew with Milan in 1999.
- Valencia registered only its second away Champions League win in England (W2 D7 L3), with its first since winning 1-0 at Liverpool in October 2002.
- Rodrigo netted only his third Champions League goal in his 25th appearance in the competition and his first in 10 appearances for Valencia.
- Barkley was the first Englishman to take a penalty for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in April 2014 against Stoke City – both players missed their penalties.
- Chelsea became the first team since Liverpool in December 2008 against PSV (Darby, Kelly, Spearing) to hand three Champions League debuts to Englishmen aged 21 or younger in the same game (Abraham, Mount, Tomori).

What's next?

The big games come thick and fast for Chelsea, with Premier League leader Liverpool coming up, while Valencia faces Leganes in LaLiga.

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