Chelsea 0-0 BK Häcken: 3 takeaways from a substandard attacking display in the UWCL

With the chance to go top of the group in west London, Chelsea Women fell victim to an organized BK Häcken defense, ultimately settling for one point.
Chelsea FC Women v BK Hcken FF: Group D - UEFA Women's Champions League 2023/24
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3. Chelsea created enough chances in front of net to take all the points

Even with all the sloppy distribution, especially in the first half, it was not due to a lack of chance creation that the west London outfit dropped two points. They were there. The women instead felt like it was time to mimic what the men's team like to do in front of goal.

Five shots on target really tells the entire story. More than once, a Blue was one-on-one with Jennifer Falk between the posts. Each time, the Swedish stop-stopper intelligently came off her line in order to close down any possible angle of the home side rippling the back of the net. With the goal gaping in the 28', Erin Cuthbert struck the frame of the goal. Kerr followed suit in the second half when she was provided an open header from a corner.

In total, the west London outfit missed three big chances according to FotMob. It was the second straight Champions League fixture that the Chels managed to do that. It is different against a side that puts so much attention on defensive organization. When the chances come when competing opposite of Hacken, you have to be able to execute.

2. Not even close to the right amount of urgency with first-place on the line

While a lot of the credit should be geared toward Lind and his side, one would have expected Chelsea to come out firing with the kind of display it put out in front of a record crowd at Arsenal. That just didn't happen. The top of the group was within reach. After 90 minutes, the west London side is still an arm's length away.

Kerr's under 60 percent pass accuracy pretty much summed up the entire game. A much cleaner performance from the striker, particularly The pressure is on for next week in Sweden. It didn't have to be if you took care of business in London.

A response coming off a defeat is what this club is about. That was not the kind of reply footballs fans around the world are used to. They'll do it all over again next Wednesday in Gothenburg, the same city in which the club lost its first Champions League final in. With Hayes at the helm, there is little indication that we will see an identical display happen against the same club twice.