The fourth round fixtures in the Champions league rolled in this evening and Chelsea’s clash with Roma ended in a disappointing 3-0 defeat. Here are 3 match talking points from the game:
ROMA DOMINATED WHILE CHELSEA FELL APART:
It was all shackles on the feet for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea as Roma tore his team into shreds. The insipid, poor and lethargic performance from Chelsea was disastrous and hardly repel talks of internal crisis at the club. Individual errors proved costly and lack of purpose on the ball was painfully visible to see as the team fell apart like a pack of cards under incessant pressure by the Roma team desperate to win at all cost.
FAMILIAR DEFENSIVE FAILINGS:
The catastrophic debacle on the opening day against Burnley, the bizarre defeat at Crystal Palace and the home game against Roma all had cases of defensive errors. Just as seen in those games, the three man defence lack the chemistry needed to lead Chelsea this season. The failure of the defence to deal with the threat posed by Dzeko and Roma’s in-swinging crosses proved problematic which were the root causes of the goals conceded. Poor defensive display cost us the points.
FAILED TACTICAL PLAN & DECISION:
I wouldn’t be surprised if Conte is sacked by morning or before the end of the year. His demeanour appears like that of a man under pressure to deliver and not happy with the situation of things, especially with Chelsea’s poor form. But his decision to play Fabregas to partner Bakayoko against Roma’s trio of De Rossi, Strootman and Nainngolan and so, Chelsea were overran and outplayed in midfield. Overall there was little effort from him to spark life into the team.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers