3. Lack of quality in the final third
Against Everton, Chelsea looked more dangerous in the final third than we’ve seen in a long time, but that was marked with the common theme that has plagued this side all season: a lack of finishing. The Blues had nine shots on target and 19 in total, which resulted in two goals that came through an own goal and penalty. If that doesn’t tell the story, I don’t know what does.
Five of 13 goals the Blues have scored under Tuchel have been from penalties or an own goal. This lack of ruthless is something Chelsea fans want to see change yesterday. A huge result of this frustration falls on the back of Werner, who once again got two great chances and failed to put either away. At this point of the season, supporters can applaud his work rate and the chances he creates, but if he doesn’t starting put away these chances, he might be replaced. The problem is every time he gets a chance, he doesn’t look like scoring, which is hard to believe because 12 months ago he was a player who had over 20 goals in the Bundesliga.
Is it confidence or lack of quality? I would venture to say a mix of the two. It’s all well and good that Tuchel keeps giving him more chances, but the quality players on the bench will be telling the manager they can do better. Werner isn’t the only one who is exempt from criticism, the whole team need to be better—whether its from corners, free kicks or open chances. You can make the argument that Mount and Olivier Giroud are the only two who put away the majority of the chances they get. We see the Chelsea unseen video every week with great quality finishing on display from just about everyone, but now is the time to turn those chances into goals as the Blues head into the latter stages of the season.
We learnt a lot from this game, both the bad and good, and the development of a side that no one will would want to play is underway. Here’s hoping the success in defense will be accompanied by a more clinical attack soon. If so, the sky is the limit.
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