The game between Manchester City and Chelsea finished 1-0 with Bernardo Silva’s second half strike propelling the sky blues to a huge win and one step to Premier league glory.
Here are 3 match talking points from the game:
CHELSEA LOSE MORE GROUND IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION:
It’s still quite shocking how and why we find ourselves in this situation. But the stark reality for everyone connected to Chelsea after our defeat to City is that our chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions league will need more than our miracle at Munich to overturn. If we eventually miss out which looks so likely, certainly, it is not our defeats against United or City are the reasons for our failure. But painful defeats against the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth were the real killers. Another qualification route being winning the Champions league is a tall order for us at the moment. So, at this point henceforth, Chelsea only have pride to play for.
THE CLUB NEEDS A NEW DIRECTION:
While watching the game against City, one observation I made is that for all of City’s spending spree, their costliest buy is Aymeric Laporte for £57m. This is quite sarcastic considering the crazy fees being spent in the current transfer market. City’s strategic transfer planning coupled with Pep’s managerial nous has seen them best the rest of the league. Incessantly, over the last transfer windows, City replaced dead-wood players with young, fantastic and promising players to be the core and future of Pep’s record-breaking team. The City dream and team is a delight to watch. Chelsea obviously need to borrow a leave from City’s success strategic plan. First, those at the boardroom level either need to be replaced with forward-thinking personnel that can propel the club in a new direction or change their working plans. At the moment, Chelsea, the defending Champions have stalled, while City, the Champions-elect are in fast-paced progress.
THE CONTE CONUNDRUM:
There’s never a time that a manager’s future at Chelsea is not under the fire. The revolving door at the club is often made available when results turn bad or expectations are not met by the manager. After delivering the title last season, Conte has failed to take Chelsea to the next level. Though the Italian is not solely to be blamed, but his tactical nous in certain games this season speaks volume of a man already resigned to losing his job at the end of the season than one with the hope of a future at the club. Chelsea anaemic preparation for the new season hampered his plans, but I just think he shot his feels with some sic decisions before the season even started. His falling out with Diego Costa which led to the Spaniard departure from the club, and reported spat with David Luiz with the Brazil sidelined since then, are just two of the many issues that killed Chelsea’s season.
Let’s just hope Chelsea can bounce back again. Cheers!