The temper hasn’t been so constructive at Stamford Bridge for a very long time. There was a raucous and excited ambiance at Stamford Bridge on the finish of Sunday’s match, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a very long time… though Chelsea misplaced to league leaders Liverpool.
Membership legend Frank Lampard has the complete backing of followers, who credit score him with creating a method and an id, whereas taking part in thrilling soccer. And he’s doing so utilizing a backbone of younger academy merchandise, all of whom have proven their value on the highest stage.
For a membership who’ve been hampered by a switch ban and who misplaced their greatest participant in the summertime, there may be a lot to be joyful about. On Sunday, Chelsea had 11 pictures to Liverpool’s three, and have been the higher group within the second half, who deserved not less than some extent out of the match.
The ambiance on the Bridge post-match confirmed that followers are joyful, and the defeats really feel much less deflating, as a result of there’s a feeling that one thing is being constructed and good occasions are forward.
The issue is, the least skilled supervisor within the Premier League has a protracted method to go to maintain Chelsea among the many league’s elite.
The most important challenge is defending. In six video games Chelsea have now conceded 13 objectives—that’s greater than two per sport, and solely Norwich and Watford have shipped extra.
The group can typically maintain their very own in open play, however there appears to be a specific challenge with set items. Each of Liverpool’s objectives got here from lifeless balls, and so they merely must be higher organized.
One other key challenge is that this group’s incapability to take their probabilities. In final week’s dwelling loss to a raveled Valencia aspect, they’d 22 pictures on objective with out changing a single one.
Abraham, Batshuayi and Mount all had nice probabilities they didn’t take in opposition to Liverpool, which value them factors.
Chelsea sit in eleventh place proper now—evaluate that to Maurizio Sarri’s group final season, who gained their first 5 matches, earlier than happening to complete within the high 4, in addition to reaching the League Cup closing and profitable the Europa League.
Followers weren’t joyful final season, however Sarri set a really excessive bar for achievement.
Lampard’s aspect are getting higher with each sport, and there are lots of positives, however there may be plenty of work to be accomplished earlier than this aspect can set up themselves again within the Large Six.
The excellent news is that the subsequent Large Six opponent is the weekend earlier than Thanksgiving once they face Man Metropolis. That provides one other six video games in opposition to ‘lesser’ sides to hone the formulation.