Chilwell says keeping a clean sheet was a must against Sevilla

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has admitted that the Blues knew eyes were on them in the game against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League, following their collapse against Southampton in the Premier League last weekend.

The Blues played out a barren draw against visitors Sevilla at Stamford Bridge in their first game of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.

New goalie Edouard Mendy and veteran defender Thiago Silva returned to the starting lineup after the poor showing in defense against the Saints.

The English fullback accepts the criticisms that came after the performance and noted the pressure on them ahead of the game against Sevilla.

“The important thing was the clean sheet,” he said. “We knew people would be looking at us after conceding three goals at the weekend and I think defensively as a team we were solid.

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“Against a very good team, we didn’t give them a lot of chances. It would have been nice to get a win at home, but we will take the draw and the clean sheet.

“When you are playing for Chelsea you expect clean sheets and when you are conceding a lot of goals you are going to get criticism as a top team.

“It was important to keep working hard in training and I think we showed defensively we are very strong outfit.”

The point could pass for a good start against a last season’s Europa League champions and an improvement in last season’s opener where they lost 1 nil to Valencia at Stamford Bridge.

Chilwell added: “[Sevilla] won the Europa League, gave Bayern a good game in the Super Cup Final. They are one of the best teams in Europe. To get a clean sheet against a very good attacking side was a positive.

“I wouldn’t say we were comfortable, because there were moments when we were under pressure. But we were organised — not just the back four and the goalkeeper — but the whole team.”