How the mouths of Chelsea followers would have been watering at 3 or more. 30pm on Saturday.
Chelsea’s front four had the particular freedom of Stamford Bridge, interchanging at will and causing Southampton many problems from which they had no directly to recover.
Mason Install, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic looked free, with no set placement, while Timo Werner created 2 fine goals for himself. Any kind of potential talk of a Premier Little league goal drought was put to mattress.
But again, Chelsea’s protection let them down. From 2-0 upward they were pegged back 2-2, the very first goal from Danny Ings originating from thin air following a Havertz mistake, as well as the second a joint Kurt Zouma-Kepa Arrizabalaga error. They then squandered the 3-2 lead late on in the second phase of a set item.
For all their assaulting potential – and that’s even before Hakim Ziyech sees more than 20 mins – Frank Lampard’s side are usually continuously shooting themselves in the feet.
Errors possess punctuated their season, and queries over defensive solidity have put up over Lampard since he got the job last August.
Chelsea have conceded an average of one 5 goals per game within the Premier League under Lampard (63 in 43 games), the Blues’ worst rate under any employer to oversee more than one game within the competition.
Chelsea’s defensive difference (Premier League only)
|Since August 2019||PL rank (from 17 teams to have played within 19/20 and 20/21)|
|Goals conceded||63||Joint fourth|
|Anticipated goals against||44. 7||fourteenth|
Since Lampard came, only Saints, Aston Villa, Western Ham and Brighton have conceded more goals of current Leading League teams. But the goals towards column does not tally with other metrics.
They have conceded simply 379 shots – only Stansted City have faced fewer — and their expected goals towards is just 44. 7, over eighteen goals fewer than they have actually conceded. That is by far the largest difference among expected goals conceded and real goals conceded in the Premier Little league.
This particular points to individual mistakes. 7 of the nine goals Chelsea have got conceded this season have been down to person mistakes in some form: Sadio Mane’s first in Liverpool’s 2-0 earn on September 20 and Jannik Vestegaard’s late equaliser on Sunday the only two that have not.
Lampard is fully conscious, and wants game management, something which seems to have been abandoned across the Leading League this season.
“They are mistakes that concern a person. [The second goal] was a circumstance that we should have clearly dealt with inside a much better and simpler terms. If you are planning to concede those kind of targets, then it doesn’t matter how you play in periods of online games, it is something that we can’t have got in our game.
“There is certainly a video game management element of it in an online game. We want to have a lead and see this off. ”
Can it also a structural issue? Chelsea have switched to a 4-2-3-1 this year – unavoidable with their attacking choices – but it often becomes a front side five with Ben Chilwell comfy and effective up the pitch.
But for all his assaulting qualities, Chilwell’s high position extends Chelsea’s defence on the turnover. Southampton targeted their full-backs with the push from the first minute on Sunday – in the first half this failed miserably, in the second fifty percent it worked wonderfully.
Either way, and as with Saints’ very own approach, it’s risk and prize. At present, as can be seen across the Leading League, games are resembling the coin toss; teams are getting this wrong just as much as they are getting this right.
Building form and solidity takes time, which may be lacking on the training floor at present.
“I don’t think we have been conceding goals due to the shape of the particular team, ” Lampard insisted right after Saturday’s game. “Of course we now have changed the shape and I have to create those decisions with the personnel we now have and getting the best out of them. Which is something I have to think about, but it will not mean I am dead set upon sticking with that formation and there may be changes and tweaks to it even as we go along. It’s something we need to carry on working on. It is a change.
“Change needs work on the training surface, we haven’t had much of that will so sometimes the work in progress is within games and today there were loads of excellent things from the 4-2-3-1, particularly within the first half. In the second fifty percent I wouldn’t blame the shape from the team, more that we didn’t cope with the fact that Southampton were really enthusiastic to put us under pressure in their very own half.
“We wished to miss out their press, we did not do enough and that meant all of us turned the ball over within our own half, which irrespective of form is always a problem. ”
In this, the most bizarre of Leading League season, it feels like the initial big team to play it secure, cynical and eradicate mistakes may set the pace at the top.
Last period, Lampard was guilty of playing unrestricted football in games that begged for patience and attrition, astonishing given his three-and-a-half successful yrs under the professor of game administration Jose Mourinho.
He’s match winners in abundance, so it’s period his Chelsea side cut out the particular blunders and shut up store.
Chelsea host Sevilla within their opening Champions League group online game on Tuesday at 8pm, before you go to Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier Little league at 5. 30pm.
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