Chelsea have had an impressive run this season so far, and even though they did encounter a few slips here and there, it doesn’t change the fact that Frank Lampard and his men have performed well. In more ways than one, the manager has exceeded expectations about him not performing well enough due to inexperience, and he has done it with youth players who were handed the opportunity and used it well.
With Chelsea’s apparent brilliant form, however, there still seems to be some issues that need to be addressed if the club must continue going with this form. We have seen the Blues boys play and it is obvious they find it hard to play against big teams.
The club’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday which ended in a 2-0 victory for Chelsea makes it the club’s sixth straight Premier League win.
The start of the season was not a good one for Chelsea with them losing 4-0 to Manchester United in their opening game. Since then, Chelsea has buckled up and left Manchester United behind while showing sheer willpower.
Even though youngsters like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Reece James have stepped up to the challenge of playing side by side with the senior players, and players like Jorginho, Willian, and Cesar Azpilicueta are now enjoying new leases of life after having struggled under Maurizio Sarri’s regime, many of us still believe the club can do better.
One of those who feels the club is not at its absolute best yet is former club manager, Jose Mourinho who spoke to Sky Sports after the Crystal Palace game, as seen on Metro UK.
“In the first weekend I was worried and I’m still worried about the big matches. I think fantastic work. The kids coming into the team are fitting amazingly well with the top class players like Willian and Kante.
“I think really, really great work by Frank. But, they lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home. ‘They conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad.
“I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams. ‘When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don’t believe in them to finish top two, but I believe very seriously for them to finish top four.”
What Chelsea must focus on
Having lost twice against Manchester United and also conceding four goals against Ajax in their Champions League clash last week, it is obvious that the club still haven’t found their feet against big teams just yet.
Personally, I feel what the club is going through presently is the youngsters not being experienced enough to take on the ‘big boys’. The club must focus on developing the players to be on the same level as every other player so that they can perform on the same big stage with others.
The club might be having an impressive run in the season but the chances of us seeing them have a top-two finish this season is low. Apart from injuries, they will have to focus on turning the club into an experienced one with the youngsters at the helm of things.