Chelsea’s fourth draw in 2018 brought loud jeers around Stamford Bridge at full time as this time Leicester City were the latest opponents to prevent Conte’s team from scoring. The third barren draw in a row has seen Chelsea certainly out of their depths to actually finish high in the league standings this season.
Here are 3 match talking points:
CHELSEA DRAW AGAIN
There were no happy faces around Stamford Bridge as Chelsea recorded another draw against the Foxes. The Blues were even fortunate not to have lost the game as an insipid first half performance might have proved costly had Leicester City taken one of their chances created. Chelsea looked jaded, out of sorts, short of ideas and disinterested. The lack of goals is worrying as the season has got into its business end. These signs show that there are definitely tactical issues that needs to be resolved sooner rather than later before our season plunges into zilch.
TIME TO RING THE CHANGES
Obviously one of the reasons for Chelsea’s struggles is down to Conte’s preference for the 3-5-2 formation. His fear of Chelsea being overran, outsmarted and outplayed are concerns of the 3-4-3 formation. But the limitation of the 3-5-2 is that it places more workload on the wing-backs to provide width, but with little cover for them defensively. It leaves Hazard and Morata in a world of their own to conjure attacking moves, but they can be outnumbered and shunted down with little space to operate. But with the 3-4-3, we have two infield wingers who can support attacking play, cover up for the wing-backs and also in midfield play. This might just be the perfect time for Conte to revert back to his tried, tested and trusted 3-4-3 formation with the right players to execute it maximally.
CHELSEA CANNOT AFFORD TO SLIP UP AGAIN
With the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool all behind us as competition for Champions League places become fiercer, Chelsea must get their acts right and need to start firing on all cylinders. There’s no room for complacency and slackness as the season gets into its business end.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!