Three goals in nine minutes in the second half gave Chelsea a come from behind win over Southampton in what looked to be dress rehearsal for next weekend’s FA Cup semifinals.
Here are three things we can learn from the game:
CHELSEA DOWN BUT NOT OUT:
It was frustrating for Chelsea supporters at the St. Mary’s Stadium as Mark Hughes’ Southampton side deservedly led by two goals with just 23 minutes of action left. There seemed to be no way back for Conte’s Chelsea. A combination of tactical master class, powerful execution and fighting spirit got Chelsea a win out of the blues. Chelsea have been abysmal for a large part of this season, but the fightback against the Saints shows that we maybe down, might not qualify for Champions League football, but not out of the reckoning as a leading force
CHANGE OF FORMATION MIGHT JUST BE WHAT CHELSEA NEED:
Another masterclass from both Chelsea’s coaching and playing style saved us from a bad day at work. That aside, the stark reality for Chelsea and Conte is that the 3-4-3 formation is now obviously predictable than ever. Teams have identified the blueprint to beating us to our game. Conte’s second half tactical change in formation to 4-3-3 formation which can also be a 4-4-2 formation with Hazard off the shoulder of Giroud worked wonders. The team’s early struggles in the game apparently shows that it might just be time for Chelsea to revert back to the 4-3-3 formation.
A TALE OF TWO STRIKERS:
Chelsea’s inability to score goals this season can be pointed to the fact that we have failed to convert our chances into goals that can win us points. Disappointing has been the form of topsy-curvy performances of Alvaro Morata which partly made the club to sign Olivier Giroud. Today’s match revealed more about both strikers. While Morata was largely ineffective and anonymous in the first half, Giroud was bustling with brain and brawn and ultimately swung and won the game in Chelsea’s favour. Now it’s Giroud first, Morata second.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!