Chelsea’s mentality and quality vs instability and fragility
While Graham Potter’s Chelsea side show an improved mentality and increasing quality, the instability and fragility prevents proper progress.
Whatever is spouted in positivity from Potter’s mouth after the final whistle, ignore it. The old Chelsea would have seen out the game versus Everton – especially that Toffees team. Stamford Bridge was once a fortress; there is little more that a small ramshackle fort nowadays. I can’t tell you what the former Brighton & Hove Albion boss said to the press following the fixture, as it seems as though he kept them waiting.
To give away a goal at the end of a Premier League match to a fresh and inexperienced striker is demoralising for Blues fans. Kalidou Koulibaly, I’m looking at you. Nevertheless I actual notice more positivity than totally negative elements in contemporary CFC play. I’m not for one minute suggesting that the head coach shouldn’t be judged for competence game-to-game. He certainly will be appraised by Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali come the season’s climax. Yet there are enhancements and refinements taking place among the main group of players overall. Whereas there has been mentality shift, durability now appears to be the essential tweak required.
Belief in your talents isn’t enough for new Chelsea to be as adroit as old Blues
There is definitely a re-emergence of attacking prowess, chiefly at the hands (or feet and mind) of the vivacious and thoughtfully enthusiastic Joao Felix. Potter has clearly now built the forward line around the roving Portuguese entertainer. This specific tactic alleviates pressure on Kai Havertz – to a goalscoring return. There are other injured and not necessarily Potter-favoured options to add. Mykhailo Mudryk and Raheem Sterling may potentially continue rejuvenating and solidifying the striker force.
Meanwhile the defence keeps trying desperately for a stable succession of clean sheets, but moments of madness and incapability rear their heads on a regular basis. I think the defenders have been better generally; Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile could be around for a long time. However, a more assured mentality still needs focus and the correct personnel to appropriately evolve. Thiago Silva will help the process.