After whooping teams on the go, our last 5 games have been really difficult. Besides the games against Tottenham and Manchester City that are big games, Chelsea have only won Middlesbrough, West Brom and Sunderland by a slim margin, those 3 games have ended 1-0.
If you check our fixture list, we still have 3 more games against teams we should definitely win with ease on paper, but with the way teams are set up to play against Chelsea, one can only foresee difficult games ahead for the Blues.
Chelsea have been on fire since October, and managers now know defeating this strong Chelsea side will be a difficult task, and smaller teams are only interested in holding Chelsea to a bore draw with the kind of tactics that’s been famed as — parking the bus.
Against West Brom, Chelsea were frustrated by the tactics of the Baggies, and they were setup so deep that Chelsea could barely get a touch in their Box 18. A central midfield pair of N’Golo and Nemanja Matic was too too stiff to penetrate West Brom’s defence. However, Chelsea got a goal after the introduction of Cesc Fabregas, as he was the only one willing to play those forward passes for Diego Costa.
Against Sunderland, although the scoreline was still 1-0, it was a much better performance from the Blues against the Black Cats. There were lots of forward passes from Cesc Fabregas that troubled Sunderland’s defence, and on another day, Diego Costa should have gotten a brace.
We face Crystal Palace this weekend, and Alan Pardew might want to play the same football as the previous teams, as it has curtailed Chelsea from playing their usual expansive brand of football. While Matic has been excellent this season for Chelsea, from a tactical point of view, it’ll be too great a mistake to have two combative midfielders on the pitch against teams that are unwilling to attack. If we must overcome those stubborn defences and teams who park the bus, we’ll definitely need the passes of Cesc Fabregas.