Usually, football sides do not bother to invest so much in their bench. They just get a bunch of average players on the bench, and expect that first team players are healthy enough to play often. This trend is however, gradually going away, with more money going into football from mega rich investors. Teams like PSG and Manchester City have shown that having good squad depth can be a blessing sometimes, especially when you’re going to have to participate in so many competitions in one season.
For Chelsea, our bench isn’t a bad one either. We have so far relied on them on a number of occasions, and they have shown up, but performances from those games have left us with the question whether or not our bench is strong enough to take us far in the various competitions we’re partaking in.
We have won all three games we used our fringe players for, but the winning margins have been very poor and worrying. Only one goal separated us from our opposition in those games, and I think it’s only a matter of time before we stutter if some improvements aren’t effected quickly.
While our first team defence seems okay, we cannot say the same for that of our back up team. We have only conceded to Liverpool so far, but the manner in which we defended leaves more worries than not. On Thursday, for example, we again, only escaped narrowly against our Hungarian opposition.
Apart from that? Our forward players seem to be struggling with scoring this season. Morata got our only goal on Thursday, but he also blew quality chances that could have sealed the game for us. Still, I have to say it is relieving to finally see the man score his first goal since our Arsenal game. But regardless, I also believe that Sarri has a lot of work to do as our striking department seem to be our weak point at the moment.
While we seem to have depth in our squad, do you really think our depth is strong enough and reliable? Let me know what you think about our back-up team and if they can provide reliable back-up for the first team.