Rafa Benitez opted to rotate the squad, with the club playing their third match in the space of six days. Yossi Benayoun was handed a rare start, while Ryan Bertrand and Moses were also given the opportunity to impress.
The Blues were on top for the majority of the game, but at times the Russians showed exactly what they can do, with Gokhan Karadeniz and Natcho both menaces throughout.
And with the return leg just one week away, there was much to take away from the game and reflect upon.
Was it just a one-off from Torres?
Is 3-1 a big enough margin?
Find out the answers right here, as we look at six things to take from the game at Stamford Bridge.