Despite a promising start from the Blues, two costly mistakes meant that Frank Lampard’s side were only able to pick up a disappointing 2-0 loss against the reigning champions. A game which featured yet another error by Kepa, a red card and a missed penalty by Jorginho resulted in a rather gloomy afternoon for Chelsea fans. So, we hope you’re ready to reflect on our first game back at the Bridge with the latest ‘5 things’ (we promise we’ve thrown a few positives into the mix!).
A Shocker from Andreas Christensen
The red card for Andreas Christensen in the latter stage of the first half was arguably the most defining (yet disastrous) point of the game, and the moment where everything changed. The 24-year-old hauled down Sadio Mane when he was through on goal, initially resulting in a yellow card for the defender. However, after a VAR check by the referee, the decision was correctly changed to red – leaving Chelsea with just 10 men on the field for the entirety of the second half. Without a doubt, Christensen’s decision to put his arms around Liverpool’s number ten was an appalling one – and even if he did deny them a goal, playing with just 10 men against Liverpool was never going to be the preferred method.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: The Final Straw?
However, Christensen wasn’t the only Chelsea player who was majorly to blame for Sunday’s result. Kepa Arrizabalaga also had a poor game at the Bridge, with his mistake allowing Mane to get his second goal of the game. The 25-year-old gave the ball away to Liverpool’s forward, allowing the Reds to get another goal just four minutes after the first. It was a stupid but not unusual mistake by Chelsea’s keeper, with his current status at the West London club continuing to deteriorate.The Spaniard was also arguably at fault for Christensen’s red card, with the keeper rushing out and panicking the centre-back, resulting in a rather messy affair.
Timo Werner Continues his Promising Start at Chelsea
Despite the result, one positive that has been present in Chelsea’s past two games is Timo Werner’s sheer quality going forward. The German seems to have settled into his new team fairly quickly, with the 24-year-old as one of the better Chelsea players on Sunday. The former RB Leipzig man made some incredible runs into the box, had some of the best chances against Jurgen Klopp’s side and won the penalty late into the game. Although he wasn’t clinical and has so far failed to get on the scoresheet for the Blues – with some key players hopefully coming back soon and able to play alongside him – it’s only a matter of time before Werner gets his first Chelsea goal.
N’Golo Kante – Back to his Best?
Another silver lining in Sunday’s game was the performance by N’Golo Kante. The French international was often criticised for his performances last season, however he looked like he was back to his old self at the weekend. Attacking wise, there were some fine moments from the 29-year-old – and hopefully the world-class midfielder has done enough to remain in Lampard’s plans going forward. Alongside Werner, he was arguably the best Chelsea player on the pitch.
Should Fikayo Tomori Start?
Thanks to Christensen’s red card, Kai Havertz was replaced by Fikayo Tomori at the start of the second half – allowing us to get a glimpse of what we’ve been missing from the youngster. The 22-year-old hasn’t played a game since February, but looked comfortable and solid on the ball. Despite just playing one half against the Reds, he looked more convincing than both Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have these past few months – making some important clearances from set pieces. Therefore, has he done enough to earn his place in Chelsea’s upcoming games? And could the young centre-back potentially partner Thiago Silva when the Brazilian is fit and ready?
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