A big win for Chelsea in the Champions League, but the results were not as good for Arsenal and Manchester United. Eventmasters can provide official Champions League hospitality packages for Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
It was a strange night at Stamford Bridge for guests enjoying Chelsea Champions League hospitality packages. Chelsea started as though the players had only met each other that morning.
Perhaps that was the case for some as Jose Mourinho rang the changes. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa were all axed against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Midfielder Nemanja Matic dropped in favour of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Oscar back instead of Pedro and Loic Remy starting with Radamel Falcao out injured. New signing Baba Rahman at left back, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to his more orthodox position at right back at the expense of Ivanovic.
The home side started in line with their poor Premier League form with Hazard blasting an early penalty high over. From there they gradually gained confidence as it turned into a walk in the park with goals from Willian, Oscar and Costa.
Chelsea badly needed a win and got it.
Loftus-Cheek showed signs of being a great player in the making, Hazard remembered how to do those mazy runs which thrilled crowds last season, Costa rediscovered where the goals were, and the defence kept a clean sheet.
What will Mourinho do now when they welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge at the weekend? Will he stick with the changes or revert to the old guard?
Arsenal will be vulnerable after committing suicide against Dinamo Zagreb.
Olivier Giroud got himself sent off for two yellow cards, the first for dissent, and after that the Gunners had a mountain to climb. Especially as the home side were no mugs and with a partisan crowd cheering them on.
Dinamo were on an astonishing 41-game unbeaten streak. They have won the last 11 consecutive Croatian titles. They were ahead with goals from Pivaric and Fernandes. Walcott pulled one back but, though Arsenal had a strong second period, they couldn’t secure the draw let alone the win.
We will find out what they are made of when they make the short journey across London to face Chelsea on Saturday. Official Arsenal Champions League hospitality packages available for their opening home game against Olympiacos.
Manchester United also endured a tough start, beaten 2-1 at PSV Eindhoven. The result was overshadowed by a terrible injury to Luke Shaw who had been playing so well this season – carried off with a double fracture of the leg.
Moreno whose tackle caused Shaw’s horrific injury, headed in from a corner after Memphis Depay had put the visitors in front. Luciano Narsingh got the second after a quick PSV breakaway, early cross and excellent header. PSV then hung on for victory.
Louis Van Gaal’s men will need to bounce back from this disappointing result when they face Wolfsburg in their first Champions League home game. We can provide official Manchester United Champions League hospitality packages available for this huge encounter.
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