Defensive record from last season – already history
Just after we thought that the series of bad matches can be forgotten, Saturday evening match against Newcastle reminded us that Chelsea FC is far away from its last season success. Not just by looking at the Premier League table, but also on field.
The first half was agonizing for eyes of Blues fans. Defense lacked confidence, middle field was short of creativity and Diego Costa’s absence lead to a deficiency in boldness up front. Generally speaking, it was an overall poor performance.
It was only later that Chelsea FC coach Jose Mourinho changed the odds by introducing Willian and Ramires into the second half of the match. However, first things first.
Chelsea FC first half display
Lauded as the man of the match against Arsenal – now criticized as the flop of the match.
No matter how sturdy you are or how fast you can run, your brain has to do some work as well. Namely, Kurt Zouma was the one to be blamed after Chelsea FC conceded their first goal. It was because of his third-class anticipation that the ball ended up in front of Ayoze Perez’ feet, who sublimely utilized his lucky chance and delivered a shot in of the post.
42nd minute – 1:0 for Newcastle.
This moment was crucial for the match. It was after that mistake that Zouma later on didn’t succeed in picking up his lost courage. An insecure defensive line for the continuation of the match was the end-result of such an incident. What was to happen now?
Chelsea FC second half display
Though presented as Chelsea’s resurrection, the second half likewise wasn’t a walk in the park. In the 60th minute of the match, after a corner-kick, Chelsea FC allowed Wijnaldum to sneak away from his markers and score a header. This all looked like the match was sealed.
But it was for the names of players who were introduced in the 61st and 73rd minute – Willian and Ramires – that Chelsea FC achieved. After only 6 minutes of warming his legs on the field, Ramires managed to posit the ball for a grandiose and powerful shot from 25-yards.
Now, four minutes before end of regular time, Willian had a replay situation. When Chelsea FC played Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Champions League, the Brazilian playmaker had an identical free-kick position to the one he had against Newcastle yesterday. This time too, his intention was unchanged (he wanted to cross the ball), but the outcome was the same – a lucky goal scored at the expense of Newcastle’s confusion caused by Ramires’ body feint. 2:2. A lifeline for Chelsea FC.
Despite the fact that Chelsea FC played an unlucky Newcastle United they will surely celebrate this result. It was a hard-earned point for the Blues. Coming back from two goals down, they showed willingness to fight. Nevertheless, an attitude like that is more welcome at the beginning of a match and should be maintained throughout the whole season. And this is something Mourinho’s man and he himself will have to work on.
As defending champions, being on 15th place in the English Premier League after 7 matches is not enviable. The consequences of such a position for a team of the caliber like the one Chelsea enjoys are enormous. Let’s see if Chelsea FC can buck up and turn the heat up on their competitors.