It has always been said that form is temporary in football and this has been proven by Chelsea in recent weeks. For the first time in a long time in a long time, Chelsea are finding it hard to get results and this is a reason for their upcoming opponents to have a little more confidence going into the games.
Tuchel's famous statement of "building a team that no one wants to play against" is obviously not working out with the new attacking flaws.
Chelsea’s recent UEFA Champions League loss to Juventus means that they have failed to win their last three matches in all competitions (in regular time and excluding penalty shootouts). This is surprising for a team that couldn’t lose a match few weeks ago.
Chelsea’s Attacking Crisis
Nobody expected Chelsea to win all their games in the season but the manner with which they lost these games have been surprising. There is obviously a creativity crisis at Chelsea because they simply did not create good attacking chances in their recent games and were made to pay for it.
Chelsea have looked like more of a defensive side in recent matches and it has obviously cost them. The stats show that they did not manage a single shot on target against Manchester City over the weekend and they only managed one against Juventus.
Chelsea have also not scored a goal in their last two matches.
Chelsea Drop In Their UCL Group
Chelsea’s frustrations extend from the football pitch to the group standings. Their loss to Juventus means the Italian side are a bit more comfortable at the top while Chelsea move to 2rd and are level on points with Zenit st. Petersburg on.
Chelsea play Malmo next in the Champions league who are arguably the weakest side in the group. Zenit and Juventus have won them comfortably and Chelsea will be looking to do the same. Chelsea will definitely want to top the group at the end for this reason:
Finishing at the top of the group offers more than just qualification into the next round. It also means that you have a better chance of playing less-strong opponents in the round of 16 stage. Teams that finish at top of the group are drawn against the teams that finished second.
Chelsea’s Upcoming EPL Match
Thomas Tuchel will be a bit relieved that the international break is coming up considering Chelsea’s current form. They still have one more EPL game to play and Chelsea will obviously be hoping for a win to boost their confidence and maintain their title charge.
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