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Reece James and Hakim Ziyech's on-pitch spat sums up Chelsea problems

Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a trip to Croatia on Tuesday night, but the Blues fell to a miserable defeat against Dinamo Zagreb, their third loss on the road already this term

Chelsea's problems are growing after a third away defeat already this season(BT Sport)

Chelsea kicked off their Champions League campaign with a dire defeat in Croatia against Dinamo Zagreb.

Thomas Tuchel’s men put in a sub-par display as they were beaten for the third time away from home this term, as their stuttering start to the season continued. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was thrown into the starting XI, but a lacklustre Blues outfit again failed to click in attack and fell to defeat thanks to Mirslav Orsic’s 13th minute goal.

Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz both also started in attack, but no matter how much Tuchel’s side huffed and puffed, they failed to find a breakthrough. The German wasn't impressed.

Indeed, that unhappiness came out in Tuchel's post-game interview and he has seemingly accepted his side are currently negotiating with a number of mounting problems.

“Of course I’m frustrated; there’s too much to analyse, I’m a part of it, and we are clearly not where we need to be,” Tuchel told BT Sport. “At the moment everything is missing.”

When asked if confidence is seeping out of his faltering squad, Tuchel replied: “It seems like this, it’s hard to argue against it.

“You can analyse it like this, of course.

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“At half-time, we made some changes, we encouraged them, told them to play with more emotions, play tougher and to step up. But it’s obviously hard at the moment for us.