CHELSEA have all the possession, but fail to score – a sentence that I got all too used to saying last season.
Tonight Chelsea lost 1-0 to Everton, and it was another frustrating case of déjà vu for Frank Lampard’s side.
Chelsea stuttered in attack during the defeat at EvertonCredit: AP:Associated Press
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton deserved the victory overall.
But it is Chelsea who must look at themselves in the mirror and point the blame.
They failed to convert their lion’s share of possession into chances, and this is something we, as Chelsea fans, hoped we had seen the last of.
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The abundance of new attacking talent that arrived at Chelsea this summer has already made a massive difference to Lampard’s side. The results and performances have reflected this.
The likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech have helped give Chelsea a real attacking edge so far this season, and they are part of the reason why Lampard and his team have been on such a great run of form in recent matches.
But tonight, two of those players simply failed to turn up.
Werner and Havertz put in the worst performances of their short Chelsea careers so far, and this fact was not helped by the fact that Olivier Giroud struggled too.
The front three were basically non-existent.
Giroud failed to take a rare opportunity to start a Chelsea game and was totally off the boil.
But Havertz had an absolute nightmare showing and it was surprising that he wasn’t removed sooner than he was by Lampard.
The Germany international suffered with after-effects of Covid-19 more than many have, and this might have been an issue tonight.
But it begs the question, if this is what is affecting his performances, then why is he starting?
But the blame is not only on them, this was the worst collective Chelsea performance we have seen in 17 matches.
They were off the back of a 16-game unbeaten record (within 90 minutes), and despite having all the possession once again, they failed to do anything productive with it in attack.
They lost the match, and threw points away that they should be taking if they are to want to challenge at the top of the league this season.
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