3. There are things that need work
Like I said in the last slide, the Blues have quite a few things they need to work on, as we saw from the game against Tottenham. The first half was good, but the second half could’ve been a lot better. Chelsea was playing well in the first half, but Tottenham wasn’t and the Blues should’ve anticipated that Tottenham would turn it up a notch in the second. Therefore, when Spurs showed improvement, the Blues should’ve as well—that didn’t happen though.
Tuchel’s side clearly struggled and limped to a win. Tottenham pressed high up the pitch, and without Silva in the defensive line, Chelsea had a hard time getting out of tough situations when it was pressed at the back. There were so many unnecessary giveaways in the second half that neither Tuchel nor the players would be even slightly happy with when looking back. Sometimes, there was a lack of concentration, sometimes it was just Tottenham pressing so efficiently. The Blues secured the win, but it’s safe to say that they wouldn’t be fully satisfied with the win, simply because they know that they could’ve done better in the second half. Mateo Kovacic was so active in the first half in getting out of tight spaces, but that wasn’t utilized well in the second half, especially after he was taken off.
One of the biggest problems with this Chelsea side right now is consistency. I’m not talking about consistency from game-to-game either; I’m talking about consistency from half-to-half and even minute-to-minute. To transcend the limitations of being a team that competes for a top four finish, and become actual title contenders, a team needs consistency on all fronts. That’s missing at this moment in time. It’ll take a while to fix, but it’s crucial for a team with such high aspirations.
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