After going 3-0 down against West Brom in the first 30 minutes, Chelsea managed to pull it back to 3-3, leaving Blues fans feeling rather conflicted. Overall, it was a disappointing afternoon for Frank Lampard’s side at the Hawthorns – and the latest ‘five things’ reflect a pretty dismal performance…
Defensive Mistakes Cost Us (…again)
The first two goals by West Brom were practically gifted by Chelsea’s defence. Under five minutes, Slavan Bilic’s side had already gotten one past the Blues, with Callum Robinson scoring in the fourth minute of the game. Marcos Alonso passed it straight to Matheus Pereira who assisted West Brom’s opener. It was the worst possible start for Chelsea – and just twenty minutes later, Thiago Silva’s mistake meant the hosts were now 2-0 up. Yet again, it appears that sloppy mistakes at the back are costing us, putting us at a disadvantage before the game has even properly begun.
Thiago Silva’s Howler
Now that’s not a heading we were expecting, or at least hoping to see anytime soon. The 36-year-old is usually known for being flawless at the back, but in his Premier League debut against West Brom, Silva produced one of the most embarrassing errors of the game. The centre-back slipped, allowing Robinson to run at goal and score once again. Hopefully, this hasn’t damaged his confidence too much, with the new signing able to bounce back in our upcoming game against Spurs.
Another Poor Game by Marcos Alonso
Of course, there was that mistake at the beginning of the game by the left-back. However, Alonso’s general performance on Saturday was extremely poor. The Spaniard lost possession a few times and was booked after being outpaced by Semi Ajayi. As a result, he was taken off at half-time and replaced by Cesar Azplicueta.
Is Frank to Blame?
Following on from our previous point, we have to question why Lampard started Alonso in the first place? Putting Andreas Christensen in the starting XI after his red card against Liverpool was also a questionable move by the manager. Not only this, but the double pivot of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante also didn’t appear to be working, with a lot of the blame being directed towards the Chelsea coach. Although some half-time changes did make a significant difference, it was too late to secure the three points.
However, one silver lining from Saturday was the determination and attitude the Chelsea players showed to bring the game back, especially the academy prospects. We must give huge praises to Mason Mount as the 21-year-old scored Chelsea’s first goal of the game with a superb strike from 25 yards out. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham also got on the score sheet, allowing us to take away a single point.