Yesterday's loss to Manchester City was not only a huge blow to Chelsea's title chances, but it was also an extremely difficult match to watch as a Chelsea fan. The Blues were defensive from the start, created almost no chances in the first half, and only got into the game after Kai Havertz was introduced. It appeared that Thomas Tuchel wanted to try out a tactic that Jose Mourinho would have used in 2014; defending first and then attacking on the counter does not work in modern football.
This was a difficult game to watch as a lifelong Chelsea fan. Not only was this match difficult to watch, but so was the first half of the match against Tottenham.
It was insane how much pressure the defenders had to absorb in the first half. After such a physically demanding first half, the defenders, including the defensive midfielders, are bound to tire and make a mistake. While Gabriel Jesus' goal had an element of luck to it, the Blues' performance until they conceded was concerning.
Disappointing performance, Chelsea must play more confidently if they are to beat the big teams.
There was no attempt to play out the ball, Marcos Alonso was easily losing the ball, Jorginho couldn't find anyone to pass to, and when Timo Werner or Romelu Lukaku did find themselves in the opponent's half, they were completely isolated.
There was no assistance in the attack, and Werner actually aided the defense more. This is not the Chelsea we saw in the Champions League finals last season.
While we had to rely heavily on our brilliant defense even in the finals, Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante, Havertz, and Werner were a constant threat on the counter. We couldn't even start the counters this time because we were losing the ball in midfield. The Blues have been getting results, but the games haven't been particularly convincing.
As previously stated, Spurs were the more dominant side in the first half, and had they scored, the game could have ended very differently. In the most recent Premier League match, even Aston Villa were more attacking than us.
This is a major source of concern because we cannot allow teams to push us this far back into our own territory. We must re-establish ourselves as the dominant force that we were at the start of the season. We need to attack more, play more confidently, and stop relying solely on our defenders and Edouard Mendy.
We cannot defeat the stronger teams until and unless we show more passion and grit in the midfield and in the third half, and Manchester City is proof of that.
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