Chelsea’s defensive improvements were on put on show once again on Wednesday as they picked up another victory at Stamford Bridge against Rennes. The bounce back continued on as the Blues kept yet another clean sheet in the Champions League.
The Blues sailed to a 3-0 win over the Ligue 1 side, taking them top of the group with seven points from their first three group stage matches.
Chelsea’s defence held firm with the Blues having to bounce back from early-season criticisms of the team’s defensive display.
Chelsea conceded 11 goals from their first five Premier League opening matches, with Frank Lampard’s side being questioned for their tumble in defence, but with Wednesday’s Champions’ League win Chelsea have now kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions this season, erasing virtually all of those defensive doubts.
The blues have now managed to keep five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since 2010. That run, from September to October, came under Carlo Ancelotti in a season that saw the club finish second in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s defensive improvements coincide with the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 side Rennes. The Senegalese has just conceded one goal in seven games since joining the club from Rennes.
After seeing Timo Werner fire a pair of finishes from the penalty spot in the first half, Tammy Abraham added Chelsea’s third with a goal in the 50th minute. With his goal, Abraham became the first player to score in three consecutive Champions League starts for Chelsea since Willian in 2015.
Next up for Chelsea is a match against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge this weekend before players depart for the international break.