What has happened to Chelsea? A minor blip has turned into an issue in the European champions Thomas Tuchel’s star has waned. After being Premier League leaders and title favorite just a few days back, Tuchel’s team has fallen to third with six points less than the pace established by Manchester City.
Anyone who saw their incredible 4-1 win against Juventus during the Champions League on November 23 could only glimpse blue skies above Stamford Bridge. Ingenious, intimidating, and with no apparent weaknesses, Chelsea inflicted the heaviest loss ever in European history, with a lot of distinction and deservedly so, on the Italians. However, in their last match at home on November 6, The team managed to convert their total dominance over Burnley into a draw despite having 70% possession.
Then Jorginho’s error in calculating the ball being dropped to the current Manchester United with another draw at Stamford Bridge on November 28 Two more points were lost through the hole in the plug. Then came the win at Watford on December 1 however, Tuchel acknowledged that his team was “lucky”. Then there was reason to be concerned.
Chelsea was still able to boast their impressive defense to fall back on. They had conceded four league goals during the season prior to December, and including the goalie Edouard Mendy and a defense directed by Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger. The opposition had never recorded more goals than one in any game before the collapse at London Stadium as West Ham came back to beat Chelsea 3-2 on the 4th of December. The once confident Mendy was a mess since that time. He arrived from France after making a mistake and then getting beaten by Arthur Masuaku’s goal from a long distance.
It was apparent that the ship had to be heading back in the right direction after Jorginho scored from a 94th-minute penalty in order to defeat Leeds 3-1 on the 11th of December. The truth is that Chelsea played very well in the face of Marcelo Bielsa’s depleted squad.
At this point, the table was becoming uncomfortable to read. Chelsea had the upper hand, as Manchester City and Liverpool continued to win. Perhaps Tuchel’s side could be able to beat a shaky and patched-up Everton in the Bridge only five days on from winning Leeds?
Instead of winning the triumph that everyone had hoped for the team missed numerous opportunities. In the end, even after Mason Mount broke the deadlock and they let Everton teenage Jarrad Branthwaite score a crucial goal to the Toffees.
As cases of COVID-19 were rising at Chelsea’s training camp during the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday (Tuchel reported four positives in his first team on Thursday) The club had demanded that their December. 19 game against Wolves to be postponed. . It was the Premier League said ‘no’ and points were secured in the disappointing game that ended in a draw Molineux because Chelsea could only select four substitutes.
In terms of confidence, it’s gotten lower and the team’s mindset and focus is a bit shaky heading into the Christmas period. The errors are increasing on both sides. The coach has attempted to sound more philosophical but Tuchel is probably worried. He was making his job appear easy and now it appears like walking through molasses.
The main reason is the absence of midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has only played 7 Premier League games due to illness and injury. Mateo Kovacic, who was performing brilliantly and was injured close to the month of October. his technical and tactical prowess was also greatly missed despite some good changes from Ruben Loftus-Cheek within that section on the field.
Then there’s the Romelu Lukaku aspect. Lukaku, the Belgium international, joined the club in the summer of this year for a club record PS97.5m when he started his second stint at Chelsea by scoring four times in just four games, and it appeared that it was the final part of the picture. He went on to play seven games with no goals before suffering an injury to his ankle that was serious in the game against Malmo at the UEFA Champions League. He’s now one of the Blues isolated for an erroneous COVID-19 test. There is also the possibility that Tuchel is trying to figure out the best way to maximize Lukaku’s potential in his preferred formation and help him develop the 30 goals he scored in Inter Milan’s title win in the previous season. pass.
Ben Chilwell, who in his prime provides Chelsea an extra dimension on the left side of Tuchel’s 3-4-2 formation, has been out of the past seven games due to an injury to his cruciate ligament and has cost the team of potential. Marcos Alonso is a classy substitute, but he isn’t the speed of Chilwell.
It’s not all pessimism Of course. Chelsea is currently third at the top of the league, just six points clear of fourth, Arsenal, Reece James has been phenomenal and has been renewed Mount has scored four goals in the recent five Premier League games. Andreas Christensen’s remarkable growth has been hindered by a contract dispute and even Rudiger’s fate at Chelsea isn’t yet certain. (Her contract with him also expires in June 2022.) Others, like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Hakim Ziyech for reasons of their own appear in cameos instead of showing consistent performance.
Certain, the recent performances have stripped the team of its confidence and arrogance at this crucial point in the season. It is imperative to stop the decay, quickly, and that’s why this is the test for Tuchel following his impressive victory when he replaced Frank Lampard earlier in the calendar year.
Is he able to bring this group back on track? Or the shine that he gave in West London fading away?
The deficit of six points at the top might not appear like something, but it’s going to require a lot of work since Chelsea’s two principal opponents to win the title are putting up an unstoppable rate in the lead. In the eight games played the leaders of Manchester City have not dropped even a single point. Liverpool has lost just five games to Chelsea’s 11.
As destiny would have it, Liverpool is the first league guest at Stamford Bridge in 2022, and then Tuchel is expected to take the team on a trip to City on the 15th of January. It’s the perfect time to give Chelsea for them to get into the race or get removed from the competition. The situation has become that difficult.