After a fabulous start to the season, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea suddenly find themselves under the cosh. Expectations are high for this team after their Champions League success last season - and after the big money signing of Romelu Lukaku - but after six wins and one draw in their opening seven games in all competitions, the Blues have now lost back to back games against Manchester City and Juventus in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.
The back to back losses have dampened the mood, but the main issue isn't the fact that they lost - it's the manner in which the losses came. Both games were hard to watch; a tale of two different but equally frustrating performances.
Against City, Chelsea were completely outclassed. Tuchel had gotten the better of Guardiola in their past three meetings including the finals of the Champions League, but Pep got the upper hand in emphatic fashion this time. Pep has been accused of over thinking and overdoing things with his formation tinkering, but perhaps last weekend Tuchel was the one guilty of overdoing things - he changed from his usual 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2 formation, and also took an ultra defensive approach. It backfired spectacularly, as City completely dominated the game from the start and eventually broke the deadlock in the second half.
Against Juventus reverse was the case - it was Chelsea who had the Lion's share of possession, but they did very previous little with it. Rather than play quick, creative vertical passes, the Blues were guilty of making slow, predictable sideways passes and they struggled to create meaningful chances against a Juventus side that was happy to allow them have the ball. Majority of Chelsea's chances in this game came via crosses - and that says a lot about the creativity on display. Against City, Chelsea did not manage a single shot on or off target - they had five blocked shots - and against Juve, they had 15 shots, but just ONE on target. That is terrible, to say the least.
So, what is happening to Chelsea? At some point they were beginning to look invincible, but these back to back losses have surely brought them down to earth. Now Tuchel and the players will have to work on themselves and rediscover their mojo.
Up next is Southampton, and this will not be an easy fixture by any means. The Saints have played both Manchester City and Manchester United this season, and they avoided defeat in both games. Ralph Hassenhuttl's side are a potential banana peel, and considering that Chelsea aren't in particularly great form, they will fancy their chances against the Champions of Europe.
Now, the big question: You are Tuchel, you're obviously disappointed by the recent results and you're well aware of the dangers posed by Southampton. What changes do you make to the team? Which players should start, and which players should be dropped? What formation should be adopted?
How do you fix the recent slump?
Blues fans, let's discuss.
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