Our match against Manchester United resulted in another devastating defeat against the Red Devils. Chelsea have now gone up against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer three times this season (twice in the league and once in the Carabao Cup), failing to pick up a win on each occasion.
So, where exactly are the Blues going wrong – and what can we learn from this defeat as we head into the weekend fixture against Spurs?
First and foremost, we must direct our attention to the VAR decisions that took place during that game. Not one – but two – goals were disallowed for Chelsea that night as one was dismissed for offside and the other for a foul. The second attempt (when Giroud was caught a ‘toenail’ offside) was a fair decision, despite it being utterly heart breaking. Meanwhile, Zouma’s disallowed goal wasn’t as black and white. Before the goal, Azpilicueta pushed Williams – but it was Fred who committed the foul first by pushing the captain into his fellow teammate. However, the most controversial decision came in the earlier stages of the game when Maguire caught Batshuayi on the touchline – an offence which saw Son sent off in our previous game against the Lilywhites. All in all, it was a fairly unlucky match for Chelsea and one we’ll be hoping to forget.
Another Disappointing Game For Batshuayi
With Abraham now out injured, this was the perfect opportunity for Batshuayi to show his potential under Lampard. However, the Belgium international failed to make the most of his time on the pitch and instead made some pretty horrendous attempts. Throughout the entire game, he failed to challenge De Gea – and the Spanish keeper had a fairly quiet game. Once again, a lack of finishing remains as Chelsea’s biggest weakness.
The End Of Pedro?
Despite Pedro being one of most experienced and respected players, it appears as though his time in a Chelsea shirt is coming to an end. The Spaniard had a horrific game against the Manchester side – appearing lost on the right wing. At one point in the game, the 32-year-old even dribbled towards his own goal where he awarded a free-kick to the Red Devils in the process. Unfortunately, Pedro lacks the pace and creativity he once had.
Kovacic and Mount: The Bright Sparks
In a terrible game, Kovacic and Mount were some of the only bright sparks in that Chelsea side. Kovacic ran the midfield once again and it was nice to see him in the starting XI for the Blues. Although Mount didn’t start the game and was brought on to replace Kante in the early moments, he put in a superb performance at the Bridge. The 21-year-old was constantly winning back possession and his pace and work rate during the game was excellent.
More Injury Concerns?
The game against Manchester United created even more injury concerns for Lampard. The side is already without the likes of Abraham and Hudson-Odoi – and now it looks as though Kante has picked up an adductor injury which could see him out for a lengthy period. Hopefully, Loftus-Cheek and Pulisic will be making their comeback soon as Chelsea face some difficult fixtures in the upcoming weeks.