Chelsea have been in a good form this season, as seen in their current run. When Frank Lampard took over from Sarri, many had doubts, thinking that the Englishman’s inexperience on the Premier League level might affect how he would handle the Blues but he has shown over time that he is capable of handling Chelsea.
So far this season, Chelsea have played a total of 13 matches in the Premier League and have won eight, losing only three games, and keeping three clean sheets.
Chelsea have scored 28 goals, leaving them at an average of 2.15 goals per match and conceding 19 goals, leaving them at an average of 1.46 goals conceded per match.
So far, Chelsea have had 215 shots with 82 shots on target. They’ve also had 38% shooting accuracy with 29 big chances created.
On the team-play side, they’ve had 7,714 passes so far, leaving them at 593.38 passes per match, an 85% pass accuracy, 223 crosses and a 25% cross accuracy.
On the defence, they’ve had three clean sheets and conceded 19 goals which leaves them at 1.46 goals conceded per match.
They’ve had 246 tackles, a 55% tackle success rate, 62 blocked shots, 168 interceptions, 215 clearances, and 977 aerial battles won (Premier League stat).
The needed improvement in Chelsea
So far the youths being given the chance to showcase their talent in the Chelsea squad have been performing well. From the likes of Fikayo Tomori to Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, Chelsea have had a squad built around youngsters, and doing so well at it.
Former Manchester United player, Paul Scholes, however, noticed something in the Chelsea squad, a problem that has been lingering but most of us haven’t seen as much of a problem but which has continued to happen.
“They keep going to these big clubs, playing really well and not winning games. That will be frustrating for him I think because he knows he’s got quality in his team but he’s missing something.
“He’s definitely missing something. He went to Manchester United, everyone said Chelsea were the best team, played really well, got beat 4-0. Played against Liverpool, played okay I don’t think they were anything great against Liverpool, got beat.
“Played against Manchester City, everyone’s saying the best team, they were really good, they played well, they’ve lost the game. Now he has to find a way of changing that.
“There’s no point coming away from these games saying you played really well but lost. Big teams win leagues through going to Manchester City, maybe not playing that well, but nicking a 1-0.
“Like Manchester City have done today – not played very well but they’ve come away winning the game. That will be frustrating for him, he knows he’s got a good team.
“I’d be a little bit worried about his two centre-halves, the way he wants to play are they good enough on the ball?
“I think defensively they’re okay but they look a bit nervous on the ball to me, which can create nerves throughout the team.
“Are they a centre-forward short? We know they’re missing Eden Hazard from last year, who’s a big difference we know that he’s got the quality in these big games to win them. [Lampard’s] got a really good team, but he’s got to find that way of winning in big games, and that will frustrate him for now.”
Chelsea has been performing great so far but it’s becoming obvious that some of the players in the squad are not experienced and need to develop before playing the big games. If they keep being nervous on the ball like we’ve seen them do in all those games they’ve lost, there might be a problem with the club going forward.