After a rather chaotic and strange night at Anfield, the Blues were unable to claim a win against Champions Liverpool, meaning their hopes for top four next campaign are still well and truly up in the air. Here are five things we learnt from Chelsea’s latest defeat…
Christian Pulisic: A Level Above the Rest
Seeing as it was such a disappointing result, let’s start with the positives shall we? If we’re getting technical, there was really only one stand-out positive from that game – and his name is Christian Pulisic. When Frank Lampard brought on Captain America in the 59th minute, he made an instant impact, producing an assist for Tammy Abraham just two minutes later. He also got on the scoresheet himself, scoring a superb goal to make the score 4-3, with the comeback well and truly on. He controlled the ball effortlessly in the box while under pressure, ending with a spectacular finish in the top right corner. The 21-year-old brought great energy, style and determination when he came onto the field, making the end result even more heartbreaking to watch.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: Time to Part Ways?
Once again, the fingers were pointed at Kepa Arrizabalaga for the latest Chelsea defeat. Although some of the goals were out of Kepa’s reach (quite literally), the Spaniard made some questionable mistakes on Wednesday. The keeper should have put more effort in for the second goal, with the 25-year-old not diving for the Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick as he watched the ball fly into the back of the net. Kepa was also at fault for the fourth goal by Roberto Firmino – barely stretching to deny the Brazilian. By the final moments of the game, even the Chelsea defenders were blaming their keeper, creating a disturbing atmosphere within the squad.
Another Woeful Defence
However, the fans (or Chelsea players for that matter) shouldn’t be putting all the blame on Kepa. Antonio Rudiger had yet another poor performance, with the Liverpool players able to run past the centre-back with ease. Kurt Zouma also looked unconvincing, and it was a bad day at the office for captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Overall, there was no sense of unity between the back three and conceding this many goals in one game, even if it is against the champions, surely poses many doubts for the future.
Poor Decisions from the Boss
Many Chelsea supporters were happy with Lampard’s decision to stick with a 3-4-3, having secured a convincing win against Manchester United just a few days earlier. However, his choice to bench Pulisic really cost us. Even though the former Chelsea star made a triple substitution in the early moments of the second half, it was already too late – with Liverpool netting another goal just minutes prior to make it 4-1. If the boss had made the substitutions earlier, we could’ve had a chance to bring it back,
One Game Remaining
Although the Liverpool game has left us feeling rather empty, we must look ahead to our upcoming match against Wolves. With the race for top four looking extremely tight, and Leicester City and Manchester United facing each other on the last day, this game will be the most important one yet. The lads must go into the game confident, determined and in high spirits to secure the Champions League qualification they truly deserve. COYB.