Home is where it hurts after more dropped points come against Wolves
The draw against Wolves leaves Thomas Tuchel with just a 48.1% win rate at Stamford Bridge since taking over as Chelsea manager last January. Not necessarily what you would expect considering the success the German has had in his relatively short time at the helm, but league form has been inconsistent and without a doubt the weak link.
Above all else, surely the majority of Chelsea supporters want to see the club mount a strong challenge for the title next season, just as they believed that could be the case in the months priorate December of this campaign!
The half full stands cannot be helping and no one but the visiting team will lament the passing the ban on commercial activities, such as ticket sales. It has undeniably been a season of upheaval behind the scenes, but Chelsea need to get their house in order
Todd’s in Town
New club owner-in-waiting Todd Boehly was in attendance of the West Stand for the match and therefore had a pitch-side view of some of the matters which will require his urgent attention in the coming weeks.
Complacency and poor defending have dogged Chelsea, seeing them drop-out of the Champions League and scrambling for points to cling on to entry for next year’s competition due to their lacklustre league form. Recent performances were encapsulated by the display in the last 10 to 15 minutes when the three points looked to be secure, and a disappointed Boehly was pictured with his head in his hands, welcome to Chelsea!
London Rivals Rallying
Whilst Chelsea attempt to cling on to third position in the table, a place which had looked a near certainty, London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are pulling together good performances, with Arsenal in particular a cause for concern due to them having a game in hand on Chelsea.
Securing Champions League football is a possibility for only two of these sides and it could well be the north London derby that decides it. With a four point advantage currently, Chelsea’s fate is still in their own hands but at this point, the league campaign can’t really end quick enough for Tuchel’s side and their competitors are looking more likely to continue gaining ground. Squeaky bum time!
Still a role for Romelu after brace against Wolves
In the last couple of weeks it has been fairly hard to find silver linings in amongst the string of disappointing results and performances that have befallen Thomas Tuchel’s team, but the match against Wolves would of at least been a positive for Chelsea record signing Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker managed two goals in a game for just his second time in a Chelsea shirt, with the last occasion taking place in a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa back in the early part of the season. Many had assumed that Lukaku would be looking to leave Stamford Bridge following what has been a largely disappointing display since those opening games, but perhaps there is still a role for him at Chelsea, and his second coming isn’t over just yet.
On the Defensive
No wonder Thiago Silva looks so exasperated in the picture above. The veteran defender really has seen everything in the game but will have the sense of more responsibility upon his shoulders than others, with him looking like the only first choice defender who is certain to be at the club next season.
With Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta potentially moving away this summer, Silva will be the spine for a back three as he approaches his 38th birthday. Those who’ve watched Huddersfield Town this season will also be hoping that one such vacancy can be filled by the impressive youngster Levi Colwill but surely the club will be seeking to make a significant investment in some defensive back-up, with the injury to Ben Chilwell particularly highlighting our lack of versatility at the back, which greatly inhibit the team’s overall style of play when he is absent.
And it should also be said that we could have made in the region £100million for the sales of Christensen, Rudiger and Azpilicueta, and there is no defence for the fact that they are all available for free this summer. Another issue for Todd’s in-tray.
Written by Rosy Cobb (@WeKnowWWA)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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