Three reasons Chelsea still have cause for concern despite Kiev victory

Three reasons Chelsea still have cause for concern despite Kiev victory

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1) Defence looks shot of confidence

Whilst some observers lauded Chelsea’s defence last night, particularly Baba Rahman and Kurt Zouma, Chelsea’s defence was a bit of a shambles. They looked very square defensively, easily picked out in behind and unable to organize themselves. The set-piece goal for Dinamo Kiev’s equalizer was a case in point. All at sea at the back. Asmir Begovic caused a problem by botching the back pass and then came flying out to try and meet the cross. 1-1. Willian eventually dug Chelsea out and Chelsea won 2-1. The defensive frailties though were still plain to see and should be of concern to the club.

2) Nemanja Matic still out of sorts

Nemanja Matic was a brilliant signing when he came to Chelsea in January 2014 yet this season he has been one of Chelsea’s worst players. Previously combative, mobile and a good passer, he now looks shaky and uncertain. Against Dinamo things were no different. He didn’t provide the composure of old and too often played wayward passes, rather than linking the play effectively as is required in that deeper role. Matic has to start finding last seasons form, as he is such a crucial part of the 4-2-3-1 formation Mourinho plays. If he doesn’t Mourinho might end up being sacked.

3) Still so little creativity from open play

Willian has to assist an own goal and then score a blinding free kick for Chelsea to win. Yet again the side looked terrible going forward, devoid of ideas and creative spark. Whilst things improved with Eden Hazard and Pedro introduced, the starting line-up was poor in this regard. Moments of quality aside, the system wasn’t conducive to solid attacking play. Diego Costa was ineffective and Chelsea looked ordinary. This is a major concern as the club need to start finding their fire again. In the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign they were brilliant, free scoring and ripping teams apart. That now feels like a life time ago.

Betting on Chelsea is becoming too unpredictable so you’re better off checking out it also might be a lot less stressful. But Chelsea clearly still have some major problems, despite a solid win. If things carry on this way it might see Jose Mourinho managing a different club before the end of the season.


Amit Singh is the editor of Think Football and contributes for a number of other football websites, follow on twitter @Think_Football