There was a substantial buzz before start off as Graham Potter pulled out all the stops and named both Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk in his going after firing line-up for a west London derby under the Friday night lights.
The Chelsea unwavering got in right on time to get a brief look at their new £106 million man, as well as Mudryk after his tempting appearance against Liverpool a fortnight prior. Reece James’ return simply added to the light state of mind.
Tragically, the match didn’t follow through on the pre-game hopefulness.
A lively first half created not many possibilities, yet Enzo was at the core of the best of them. After Kepa Arrizabalaga had got down skillfully to turn a furious Andreas Pereira strike round the post, the Argentine’s long ball played Bricklayer Mount in however Kai Havertz couldn’t complete from his cut-back on the stretch.
The German was the miscreant again as he rejected one more wonderful opening on the stroke of half-time, circling the ball onto the post after an extravagant pass from Hakim Ziyech.
The last part was comparably peevish and cagey, with a heap of chances showing up in the last option stages. Enzo came quite close to covering off a fine presentation as he whipped a free ball barely wide from range, before substitute David Datro Fofana showed incredible poise to adjust the goalkeeper AND a protector, just to see his feeble completion excruciatingly impeded on the line.
Once more Chelsea’s absence of goalscoring ability cost them on a disappointing evening, notwithstanding Enzo’s midfield dynamism.