As Chelsea snatched a late 2-1 win against Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium today, which kept their chances of finishing in the top four at the end of the season alive. I look at the five key talking points from this clash in the Premier League.

  1. Team selection was horrible- Everyone expected changes today, but the team that was put out at 1pm today caused alot of uproar on social media.

This was the team;

My view on that team that started the game today;

This starting eleven was the same team that conceded two goals at Everton in Chelsea’s last game before the International break. How can the likes of Alonso and Luiz retain their places in this team. Christensen and Emerson should have started today.

Into the midfield, and the fact that Kante was rested, and Loftus-Cheek didn’t even make the midfield three was baffling. That midfield of Jorginho, Kovacic, and Barkley looked so uninspiring.

Into the front three and Hazard being rested surprised me massively considering how reliant we are on him to provide us with goals and assists. With Hazard being rested, that would lead to many people thinking Hudson-Odoi would have started today- however that wasn’t the case. Sarri decided to opt for inconsistent Willian and Pedro as the two wingers who started today.

And Higuain hasn’t been scoring many goals recently, and if we were being brutally honest- Giroud has been in better form.

My conclusion from that team was that our beach was stronger than our starting eleven today!

Here are how some fans reacted to that team news on social media;

2. Dead first half- Chelsea retained a record of not scoring in the first 15 minutes of any away games this season. The game took a while to get any rhythm at all. Chelsea started to look dangerous near the end of the half, and should have been 1-0 up before half-time, after a well worked corner found an unmarked Alonso who’s attempt trickled wide of the Cardiff goal. If he directed that on target, then Chelsea would have taken the lead before half-time.

Cardiff also had a chance to take the lead in the first half, but it came in the 12th minute, when poor defending from Alonso and Luiz allowed Murphy to curl an effort just wide of Kepa’s goal.

Both teams had penalty appeals but neither were given.

But no shots on target from Chelsea summed it all up really. The second half called for the likes of Hazard and Hudson-Odoi, and even Giroud to replace Higuain as the Argentinian looked lethargic in that first half.

My reaction to that first half was that I just wanted to fall asleep.

The best analysis of that half from a Chelsea perspective came from our very own @siphillipscfc;

3. Started second half atrociously- 52 seconds after half-time and we go 1-0 down through slack defending, but give credit to Camarasa- was a lovely instinctive finish to slot it past Kepa to give Cardiff the lead.

Here is the Camarasa goal encase you missed it;

The game turned after Hazard came on, and also with shocking decision making from the referee and linesman in our favour.

Here’s how a few Chelsea fans reacted to Chelsea going 1-0 down today;

4. Cardiff simply robbed today- Chelsea were very luck to get the win today. First of all, the equaliser from Azpilicueta was clearly offside.- It wasn’t even close, and Rudiger should have been sent off for a tangle near the end of the game, when the game was tied at 1-1.

Cardiff overall were arguably the better team, but as Chelsea fans- we just have to take our luck when we get it.

You could tell that Cardiff were robbed today with Warnock’s reaction during the game and especially at the final whistle.

Take a look at what he did;

5. Stay of execution for Sarri- The Italian boss got everything wrong today, from his team selection today to his in game management in some respects. The fact that the Italian didn’t bring on Hudson-Odoi was simply a disgrace today.

These were some of the key events during the game which would have meant that Sarri would have been sacked tonight in my opinion if Chelsea were to have lost this game today;

The only thing that has saved Sarri today is the win. He will be under pressure in Chelsea’s upcoming games against Brighton and West Ham. Anything less than six points in those two games could spell the end for top four, and spell the end for Sarri.

Chelsea next play on Wednesday against Brighton at 7:45pm, whilst Cardiff face another daunting task when they travel to the Etihad on Wednesday to play Manchester City at 7:45pm.

Comment down below what you make of my five key talking points from this game. Do you agree or disagree with the points that I have made?

By Danyal Khan