Well, that was disappointing, wasn’t it? We take an in-depth look at ultimately what went wrong, although, in all the shadowing of our defeat, there were a couple of silver linings.
1. Lampard closing in on Chelsea exit?
After a bad run of form, with the blues only winning 1 of their last 7 games, it really isn’t looking good for blues boss Frank Lampard. And now it seems that (According to the athletic) Roman Abramovic may be looking elsewhere. The city was a huge one for Lampard but unfortunately, his team couldn’t deliver. Ziyech, just like Reece James against Arsenal, didn’t look 100% fit and certainly wasn’t completely sharp which is something Lampard can be criticised about, however, certain players also didn’t hit the mark for the blues which can’t really be Lampard’s fault. Whether your Lampard In or Out, it certainly looks like time is running out for the Blues best ever goalscorer, so we will await the coming days to see if Lampard is to stay in charge or not. Whatever happens, we haven’t been good enough over these past 6 games, Wolves and Everton were poor defeats but the performances in those games and the City game today prove that there is a lack of fight in this team.
2. Bright sparks off the bench
Probably the only bonus you can take from a 3-1 loss against a Manchester City team you’re supposed to be challenging is the individual performances of certain players. Unfortunately, none of the starting XI really delivered a decent performance, but the substitutes certainly had an impact on Chelsea’s game and ensured it wasn’t a bigger scoring. Kai Havertz came on for Kovacic and make a positive impact, setting up the other substitute in Callum Hudson-Odoi for a consolation goal. The other bright spark was Billy Gilmour who looked really sharp once he came on, and certainly transformed the Chelsea midfield after the horrific start. The cameos of these players could be massive in terms of their involvement in Chelsea’s next couple of fixtures against Morecambe and Fulham as judging by the rest of the team, all 3 deserve to start both of those games.
3. Kante past his best?
N’golo Kante may have had one of his worst games in a Chelsea shirt in a long time against Man City. The Frenchman looked so lackluster and off the pace in the first half, giving the ball away over and over again. He certainly lacked the defensive awareness that is usually associated with Kante and this was shown as Man City walked through the midfield for the first and second goal. The third goal came after a horrendous pass/cross aimed towards the box, not beating the first Manchester City defender who played in Raheem Sterling before his rebounded shot was turned in by former blue Kevin De Bruyne. Kante certainly didn’t look anywhere near his best today, very similar to the Arsenal game too, so could it be time the Frenchman moved on? Especially with the possibility of Declan Rice joining the blues, could this be the end for Kante?
4. Abysmal Attacking
Despite the first half ending 3-0 to Manchester City, the first 10 minutes looked exciting for the blues. They came out of the block flying and started very well, but it seemed like a mix of bad attacking tactics and the wrong players were part of the downfall today. It seemed like Chelsea were trying to cross far too often, especially with Timo Werner up front and not either one of Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud on the field. Ziyech was completely pocketed by Zinchenko and was only able to show little glimpses of his brilliance. Chelsea had a few opportunities to draw a few goals back, but there seemed to be a reluctance and lack of confidence when it came to shooting. It was Timo Werner who lead the line today and certainly didn’t hit the mark; despite looking a little better than in the previous game, Werner never looked like he was ever going to cause Manchester City a real threat. Alarm bells have to be ringing after we have witnessed how clinical City can be and is something that certainly needs to be worked on in training.
5. Dire Defending
Conceding 3 in 20 minutes means you have to take a look at the defence. The first Manchester City goal came from more so a lack of cover from the midfield rather than a lack of defending, although goalkeeper Edouard Mendy probably could’ve got a stronger hand on it to push the show wide. The second goal certainly didn’t cover the defence in glory after Foden and De Bruyne walked through the midfield before they met the likes of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma. Foden somehow found himself completely unmarked and around 6 yards away from the goal to tap in an easy finish at the near post. Leaving a player like Foden unmarked and so close to the goal, not to mention completely played onside by Ben Chilwell, was a criminal bit of defending from the Chelsea side and can’t keep letting that happen. Zouma and Silva looked very poor today and this was echoed by the scare at the start of the game when Kevin De Bruyne found himself 1-on-1 with Mendy before he saw his shot narrowly miss the post.
Win, lose, or draw, we have to try and bounce back. Whether it’s Lampard or another manager at the helm, we have to give them the utmost support. With two easier games coming up against Morecambe and Fulham, it seems a great opportunity for Chelsea to regain some of the form we saw at the start of the season.
Written by Ben @Carefreecfc20
Edited by Jai Mcintosh @jjmcintosh5