Euro debut stars
Inside Blue Thu 14 Sep 2017
It proved to be a good night on Tuesday for Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi as they marked their first Champions League appearances for Chelsea by getting on the scoresheet in our 6-0 trouncing of Qarabag.
Zappacosta celebrated his first start for the Blues with a spectacular strike from the touchline and fellow summer signing Bakayoko came off the bench to score before setting up another for Batshuayi, who had waited a year for his chance to play in the competition for Chelsea.
In finding the net against the Azeri side, the trio joined a distinguished list of players who have scored on their Champions League debuts for the Blues.
Having joined Chelsea after an outstanding season with Marseille, Didier Drogba received a hostile reception from fans of their fierce rivals Paris Saint-German when he returned to France for his first Champions League game with the Blues in 2004. However, the Ivorian striker would enjoy his outing at the Parc des Princes as he scored twice, slotting home our second goal in first-half stoppage time before rounding off the scoring in our 3-0 win with a superbly struck free-kick late on.
On his first Champions League visit to Stamford Bridge, Michael Ballack converted a penalty for Bayern Munich as they lost 4-2 to Chelsea in the 2005 quarter-finals. He joined the Blues a year later and when we came up against Werder Bremen in 2006, he was handed the responsibility once again when we were awarded a penalty midway through the second half for a foul on Drogba. The German was unerring in his execution, firing into the top right corner to seal a 2-0 win.
David Luiz was signed by Chelsea in January 2011 but having played for Benfica in the Champions League earlier that season, the Brazilian was unable to appear for us in the competition until the visit of Bayer Leverkusen in September. However, the Brazilian made up for lost time as he scored the crucial opener in our 2-0 win over the German side, receiving a return pass from Fernando Torres on the edge of the box and despatching a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Signed by Chelsea after impressing for Brazil on their run to the Olympic football final in 2012, Oscar announced his arrival at Stamford Bridge later that summer with a memorable brace against Juventus on his full debut for the Blues. He opened the scoring with a 20-yard effort which deflected in off Leonardo Bonucci before conjuring a superb second with a shot on the turn which curled just past the finger-tips of Gianluigi Buffon and found the top corner of the net.
After creating several goals in his first few games for Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas got on the scoresheet himself when the Blues met German side Schalke in our Champions League opener at the Bridge in 2014. The Spaniard dispossessed Max Meyer in midfield and made an over-lapping run behind Eden Hazard, who played him in with a cute back-heel as he calmly side-footed the ball past goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann to give us an 11th minute lead.