Wednesday was supposed to be a great day, the day we won Roma, and that would have aided our qualification to the UEFA champions league round of 16, especially after Atletico were held by lowly Qarabag, and for a moment it seemed like we were headed in the right direction, until Roma turned everything on its head.
A deflected goal from Kolarov and two quick ones from Dzeko turned the tide in the visitors’ favour before a late Hazard equalizer. Don’t get me wrong, a draw is a positive result since we easily could have lost, but the question is: how did we let our 2 goal lead slip through our fingers?
The game was ours to finish; we had the win, and somehow we let it go. Although one could argue that we were lucky to have even gone ahead against the run of play. Roma did have the upper hand from start to finish, and if they had more bite, they might have humiliated us right in our own backyard.
This was Chelsea’s 3rd game in recent weeks, and it panned out in similar fashion as the rest. We were outplayed. So what could have gotten wrong?
Our season didn’t have the brightest start, but we somehow arrested it, and took control. We won a handful of fixtures playing well too until the Manchester City tie. A lot of people have attributed our upturn in fortune to the absence of midfield player, Kante, but is this really true?
Kante has only missed two games of the three games we recently played, so does this really point to him or a drop in confidence in the team? It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the problems start and ends, but the truth is that Chelsea isn’t in a good place at the moment, and that needs to change.
Our defence was easily torn to shreds by Crystal palace and the other teams, the same defence that won the league the last term, and was hailed as the tightest. Kante is a good player who works tirelessly and selflessly, but I am yet to be convinced he’s Chelsea’s real problem. We need cover in the right places, and we need Conte to come up with a quick action plan. As it stands, we still have a chance to make the most of the season, but slipping further behind will not be wise for us. Even Conte would know this, as he’s not the first coach at the club since the Roman Abrahmovich era. The owner is trigger happy, and will not hesitate to exercise his power if he seems it fit.