Following Chelsea’s frustrating 1-1 draw against Everton yesterday, the blues have now conceded more goals, seven (7) in four English Premier League games this December more than they did in thirteen (13) EPL games from August to November 2021 where they conceded only five (5) goals.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea had a wonderful start to the English Premier League this season, maintaining the EPL tabletop spot for more than a month, winning all their first three games and as well, keeping a series of clean sheets for Mendy. Despite these incredible stats at the beginning of the EPL this season, Chelsea’s defensive line didn’t remain the same after playing against Manchester United. It has been breached more often this month than it was in the last three months (August to November).
I believe, the big question to ask here is, what prompted their poor performance in the EPL lately, and what made the UEFA Champions League defending Champions concede seven goals in just four games? We will get to find out soon because that’s what this article entails.
Based on Chelsea’s previous performance in the EPL this season, I believe that the truth here about their poor form and problem of conceding goals recently is not from the defense because all their key players who have been on the backline were available, and injury-free in the previous games but the big problem is the list of reasons I highlighted below.
✓ Players with Covid-19 related issues
More than five (5) Chelsea players have been sidelined by Covid-19 related problems in previous games. Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Hudson-Odoi are among the players who didn’t feature for Chelsea in previous games this month.
✓ Injured midfielders and a key left-back.
We all know that in football, every position is so relevant and most key players have their special roles to play as much as there are other players to replace them. It’s no news that England international Ben Chilwell, France international N’golo Kante, and Mateo Kovacic who are Thomas Tuchel’s key players are all injured and have not played in any of Chelsea’s December fixtures.
I believe, if Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea get to tackle this problem, last season UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea could return to winning ways and possibly become top EPL contenders.