One step forward. Two steps back. Gaining an 1-1 draw at the Amex just three days after our thrilling comeback at the Emirates pretty much sums up the life of a Chelsea fan. Frank Lampard was unable to get 2020 off to a flying start with the Blues managing to take away just one point from their game against the Seagulls.
The first match of the year highlighted some disappointing areas for the team once more. However, with the festive spirit well and truly over, let’s start with some positives from our most recent fixture…
Reece James Will be Vital for the Blues
After James missed out the previous games due to an ankle injury, it was a joy to watch him play the full 90 minutes against Brighton. The 20-year-old has already established himself as one of Chelsea’s most talented defenders, after he was introduced into the first team this season. The full back is just one of the many academy prospects – and on Wednesday, we were once again reminded how important the young star is for the Blues. Throughout the game, James posed a huge threat going forward, making a number of dangerous crosses into the box. However, he was also excellent defensively – making several interceptions and tackles against the Brighton attack. Without a doubt, he was one of the most exciting players on the pitch and Chelsea fans will be keen to watch him grow into a world-class player.
A Solid Performance from the Keeper
Although the Spaniard has been on the receiving end of some harsh criticism in recent times, Kepa Arrizabalaga had an excellent performance in our game against Brighton. Kepa’s first brilliant save came in the first half when he denied Leandro Tossard to keep Chelsea ahead. The keeper then kept out a shot from Aaron Connolly as tensions started to mount between the two sides. However, his efforts were dismissed after a stunning overhead shot by Alireza Jahanbakhsh found its way into the back of the net. The game could have easily resulted in a win for the South Coast side if it wasn’t for Kepa’s brilliant performance between the posts, with the 25-year-old making yet another crucial save from a shot by Neal Maupay in the final moments of the match.
Inconsistency Will Cost Us
When you take a look at our most recent results, it’s a miracle to consider how we’ve managed to keep our fourth-place spot in the table. Our previous ten league games have resulted in just four wins, five loses and a draw – with inconsistency deemed as a major concern for this Chelsea side. Moreover, with our recent home form in tatters, an away trip to Brighton was expected to be a more promising result for the Blues. However, you’ll struggle to find anyone who could have predicted Chelsea’s most recent results. But this matter shouldn’t be taken lightly – and if we continue to throw away games, Lampard could find himself making his way down the table pretty quickly.
A Lack of Drive for the Win
After Cesar Azpilicueta netted the first goal, we carelessly took our feet off the pedal. During the majority of the match, there was lack of passion and determination to get the three points, despite the urgency to get our 2020 off to a great start. With both Manchester United and Spurs on our heels, we desperately needed the win. Therefore, it was a shame to not witness the same drive we saw in the Arsenal game just a few days ago. Fortunately for us, they were also unable to pick up a great result on New Year’ Day. However, no matter who the opponent, we should be giving 100% in every game.
More Creativity is Needed in This Chelsea Side
Yet again, a lack of creativity remains a main problem in this current Chelsea squad with our most recent match against Brighton bringing this issue to light once more. Unfortunately, the likes of Willian, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic were unable to create much in the entirety of the game, resulting in a woeful attacking performance for the Blues. There are many areas we need to address in the next window – but creativity should be one of Lampard’s main priorities come January.