Premier League giants Chelsea returned to the Champions League after a year’s absence against Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia but their return to the competition didn’t end well after they were beaten by their opponents.
Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to struggling Valencia and also missed a second half penalty that could have earned them a share of the spoils.
The Blues dominated the Champions League clash with Valencia especially in the first half but they were unable to break the deadlock.
Valencia came into the game on the back of internal conflict from the decision to sack manager Marcelino by the club owners and few would have expected them to stun Chelsea who are slowly finding their rhythm under new manager Frank Lampard.
Marcelino was sacked last week and replaced by Albert Celades who was only managing the team in his second game.
His debut came at the weekend in the league game against hosts Barcelona which ended in a 5-2 win for the Spanish La Liga champions.
Valencia scored the only goal of the Chelsea game in the 74th minute through Spanish international striker Rodrigo off an assist from Dani Parejo.
Chelsea had a fantastic opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot after VAR awarded the spot kick but the resulting penalty was missed by Ross Barkley.
Valencia thereafter held on for a win in their Group H opener at Chelsea and a first victory for new manager Albert Celades.