Coach Thomas Tuchel got off to a bad start in the Champions League with Chelsea, while Roger Schmidt and Benfica Lisbon are on course.
The Londoners trained by Tuchel surprisingly lost 0: 1 (0: 1) at Dinamo Zagreb. The goal for Zagreb was scored by Mislav Orsic, who took advantage of Dinamo's first chance in the 13th minute. Schmidt's new club Benfica then prevailed 2-0 (0-0) against Maccabi Haifa. Rafa Silva (50') and Alejandro Grimaldo (54') scored the goals. The recently committed Julian Draxler remained on the bench.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also started with victories. City easily won 4-0 (1-0) at ailing FC Seville thanks to Erling Haaland, who scored again. The ex-Dortmunder with a brace (20./67.), Phil Foden (58.) and Ruben Dias (90.2) scored the goals. Paris beat Juventus Turin 2-1 (2-0) in their home Prinzenpark. Kylian Mbappé (5th/22nd) scored twice for Paris, ex-Schalke player Weston McKennie (53rd) for Juve.
Chelsea and Tuchel, on the other hand, are frustrated. The CFC played with the recently signed ex-Bundesliga professional Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the German national player Kai Havertz, but did not use his chances. The outsider convinced against the top English club with his passionate defensive work. Chelsea's group opponents RB Salzburg and AC Milan drew 1-1 (1-1).