Chelsea has “strength everywhere” and is “a great club to be in right now,” insists Joe Cole, while Rio Ferdinand says the transformation under Thomas Tuchel has been “amazing”.
- Chelsea were far from their best, but still had enough to Zenit . defeat
- Romelu Lukaku finally broke their stubborn resistance with a header
- Joe Cole praised the way Chelsea ‘get the job’ under Tuchel
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole claimed the Blues had ‘so much power in the deep’ after opening their Champions League defense with a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s squad was far from their best but still had enough on Tuesday night to claim a deserved win.
Romelu Lukaku finally broke through Zenit’s stubborn resistance when he headed in on the far post from a cross by Cesar Azpilicueta in the 69th minute.
Thomas Tuchel’s side was far from their best but still had enough to beat Zenit St Petersburg
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole claimed the Blues had ‘so much power in depth’
Cole told BT Sport: “They will feel great. That we have a routine Champions League assignment tonight.
They weren’t quite what they were, but they got the job done. It shows that they react to Tuchel, if he decides to beat the horse, they go together as a team.
Chelsea have the most balanced squad in the Premier League.
“There are still few question marks in United’s midfield, with Chelsea’s strength everywhere. There is so much power in the depths.
Romelu lukaku celebrates after scoring the only goal of the match against Zenit St Petersburg
“It’s a great club to be with now.”
Rio Ferdinand added: “They are a big strong team and they have the know-how. Winning the Champions League gives you so much confidence.
“They handle any situation that comes their way, there’s a confidence when they do it.
The striker rose the highest and went home in the second half after a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta
“For other teams watching, they’ll be like, woah, these guys are serious.
“There will be ups and downs, but wow, they answer every question that comes to their door.
“It’s great to see the transformation in the team, it’s a phenomenon.”