​It looked like it was going to be a tough ask for Chelsea to reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League when the initial draw was made for the group stages.

That, however, was before the Blues suddenly turned into a side possessed who have defied the odds both domestically and on the European stage. Frank Lampard has made the Blues youthful and full of exuberance and vigour; and a side who stand every chance of reaching the latter stages of the Champions League.

Especially if they face Maxi Gomez every week…But more on that later.

Heading into their clash against Valencia, victory over the Spanish outfit would place ​Chelsea into the knockout stages, but one particular omission from the starting XI was what had Twitter grumbling prior to kick off.

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​​Valencia looked a shadow of the side who were turned over by Arsenal in last season’s Europa League, carving out numerous chances against a shaky looking Chelsea defence.

They did not, however, think they would get such a clear opportunity to take the lead…and not score!

Gomez, hang your head in shame.

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​​Then play was briefly broken up after an unfortunate clash of heads in the Valencia box. Although it’s fair to say Blues fans knew who came out on top of Kurt Zouma and Gabriel.

​​Oh Maxi. Oh Maxi.

When will you learn to score? Equally so, you’d think the West Ham fans whose club were chasing him throughout the summer are probably slightly chuffed at present.

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​​OK, it wasn’t an out and out miss. 

And, it was a pretty fine save from Kepa, as much as Gomez’s miss.​​

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​​Then it was N’Golo Kante’s turn.

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​​Then an absolute stunner…………….OF A SAVE BY JASPER CILLESSEN!

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​​And then the goal that was most surely coming.

Unfortunately for the Blues, although you can’t say it wasn’t coming, Carlos Soler poked the home side in front after some lazy defending from Lampard’s men

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But hold on! No less than two minutes later, matters were levelled by the most unlikely of sources.

Indeed, Mateo Kovacic netted his first Blues goal (finally) with a low drive from outside the box that left Cillessen with no chance. Game on!

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​​It didn’t take long for the visitors to put their noses in front, when Christian Pulisic poked home from a Chelsea corner to put Lampard’s side on course for the knockout stages.

That is, however, after a loooong VAR review. Like, really long.

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​​Then (like a sack of spuds) Rodrigo went down under Jorginho’s challenge in the box to hand the home side the perfect opportunity to level the tie from the penalty spot.

Up stepped Dani Parejo…

Oh yes he did. Showing Maurizio Sarri that penalties are actually his forte, he made a stunning flying stop.

The game was far from over, though.

Oh this was merely the beginning of an insane finish.

Going through each chance would be utterly impossible, so let’s skip to the equaliser. And what an equaliser it was. I mean, the lad is so good he scores even when he doesn’t intend to.

Daniel Wass’ cross was poorly hit, yet somehow fooled everyone in existence, especially Kepa, to fly into the far corner via the post.

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Some thought he meant it..

​​Chances continued to fly in left, right and centre, with it remarkable the game didn’t finish with more than four goals.

In the end, given the wasted opportunities from Valencia, many Chelsea fans were just glad not to lose, as they have a favourable home clash with Lille to come in their final group game, which could see them progress to the knockout stages if Los Ches fail to beat Ajax.

But seriously, Valencia missed some sitters.

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​​If you want entertainment, look no further than Chelsea in the Champions League this season.


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