Chelsea fail Brighton take a look at
Chelsea handed additional initiative to Manchester Metropolis, simply 24 hours after Liverpool did the identical, as they had been held to a 1-1 draw with Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 29, 2021
Romelu Lukaku nodded in what seemed to be the winner halfway by means of the primary half, as Chelsea rode their luck, just for Danny Welbeck to move residence a stoppage time equaliser, and go away the Blues seemingly 8 factors off Manchester Metropolis, who’re at the moment 1-0 up towards Brentford.
Listed below are 4 issues 101 picked out from the conflict.
1. Chelsea dealing with defensive disaster
After simply recovering from a midfield disaster, Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel are actually dealing with one in defence.
Thiago Silva was compelled to take a seat out of the conflict by means of harm, whereas Ben Chilwell has been dominated out for the season following an ACL harm suffered towards Juventus within the Champions League, which led to Tuchel fielding Reece James at left-wing-back and Christian Pulisic on the best of his defence.
And, then it obtained worse.
Andreas Christensen went down halfway by means of the primary half, and whereas he might proceed till half time, Reece James couldn’t.
The Englishman was compelled off within the first half with a hamstring harm, whereas Christensen was changed by Chalobah on the interval, elevating health considerations over each.
Again underway for the second half and we’ve made one other swap.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 29, 2021
This leaves the Blues very brief in defence, with the pair becoming a member of Silva and Chiwell on the sidelines, leaving Tuchel with just one recognised wing-back and 4 recognised centre halves.
They desperately want to speculate come the January window.
2. Lukaku again in type
For the primary time since September, Romelu Lukaku netted in again to again video games for Tuchel, and within the course of netted his first aim at residence since his return to Stamford Bridge.
2️⃣ in 2️⃣ for Romelu Lukaku 🇧🇪
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 29, 2021
A combination of harm and lack of type has seen Lukaku wrestle since he returned to Chelsea in the summertime for a mammoth 97 million pound switch charge, and with out his targets the Blues have struggled in current occasions, with their beforehand formidable defence exhibiting indicators of cracking. On this situation, scoring is much more vital than earlier than.
Chelsea followers can be desperately hoping that this manner continues for Lukaku, as they may want his targets as they give the impression of being to shut the hole on Manchester Metropolis, and convey the title again to west London after its spell within the north.
The million-dollar query is, will it?
3. Have Chelsea blown their title goals?
It was all going so properly for the Blues.
Prime of the league simply weeks in the past, they’ve endured a poor run of type that continued this night, even regardless of placing out a close to full-strength aspect.
Worse nonetheless, they appeared drained and devoid of concepts, creating solely one in all two possibilities in entrance of a stressed residence crowd that noticed their aspect outplayed by Brighton.
Now solely a degree forward of Liverpool and eight factors behind Manchester Metropolis, the Blues have each side to return of their subsequent fixtures, and might want to take 6 factors from 6 to maintain any fading hopes of a Premier League title alive.
Chelsea followers level to at least one man as the important thing affect in second half towards Brighton
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