Jorginho and Willian's reactions as Ross Barkley misses penalty
Sept. 17, 2019
The penalty was one of the main talking points from Chelsea's Champions League defeat against Valencia
There was a dramatic end to Chelsea's return to Champions League action.
With the Blues trailing by one goal to nil against struggling Valencia, VAR stepped in to help award a penalty to Chelsea for a handball in the dying minutes of the game. It presented the chance for Frank Lampard's men to grab a point from a match that was starting to run away from them.
There was a wait as the referee made his way over to the screen on the far side of the pitch to review the footage after initially waving away the penalty claims from Blues' players.
Shouts of 'VAR' could be heard around Stamford Bridge as the official made the signal to indicate that Chelsea would have the chance to score an equaliser from 12 yards.
Ross Barkley was the first Chelsea player to claim the ball, and was determined not to let it go, insistent that he would be the player to take responsibility for the high pressure kick.
However, some of his teammates didn't seem so keen for the England international to step up, with Willian and Jorginho approaching the midfielder to try and convince him otherwise.
Jorginho has been Chelsea's regular penalty taker in recent times, scoring a crucial penalty in extra time during the Super Cup final against Liverpool. Willian has also successfully taken penalties for the Blues.
But, Barkley won out on the argument, placing the ball on the spot.
However, the penalty didn't work out how Barkley would have hoped, with the ball ricocheting back off the bar.
The situation led to fans and pundits asking why the decision over who would take the penalty wasn't made before the game. Comparisons between a similar incident at Manchester United earlier in the season. There is uncertainty over if Marcus Rashford or Paul Pogba is the main penalty taker at Old Trafford.
One thing is sure, is that the missed penalty will be one of the main sources of debate around Stamford Bridge over the next few days.
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