Chelsea had an almost embarrassing outing as they were trailing by 3 goals to nil by half time to West Brom. The Blues started on a horrible note as mistakes from Thiago Silva, who was debuting as the skipper for the side, and the rest of the defense contributed to goals West Brom took well.
Had it not been for changes made by Frank Lampard, including a change of the skipper’s armband, the Blues would have fallen to defeat again.
Something is going on with this Chelsea side, and it’s an issue that fans and purists have realized that their big-money transfers won’t solve. Even with their performances, there are rumors that they might yet still spend in the market to secure Declan Rice in West Ham. But that’s not it.
There’s a genuine coaching problem here, and one commentator for the match said something in passing that might be true; Frank Lampard’s Chelsea can’t defend, and neither could his Derby team. Derby was Frank Lampard’s former team before he became the coach of Chelsea.
It looks as though the English man does not know what to do about his team’s defensive issues. They bought Ben Chilwell, but they left him out of the starting lineup. The other problem is that the stars they spent big money to bring to Stamford Bridge are yet to fire.
Kai Havertz was over the moon mid-week when he placed 3 past lowly Barnsley, but in this match, much like against Liverpool, he was practically a passenger. It was Mason Mount and Callum Hudson Odoi, both homegrown talent, who got the goals they needed to tie things up.
As much as Timo Werner came close when he hit the crossbar, for the money spent on him and Havertz, this is not enough. It’s enough that their defensive issues are eating away at them gradually. But the stars brought in misfiring adds insult to injury.