Still reveling in the last-gasp equaliser against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in our last league match, Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea must quickly turn all attention to the Europa League for a clash against BATE Borisov.
So far in this campaign, we have recorded two 1-0 wins, but have failed to convincingly beat our opponents. In our first game against PAOK Salonica, we created just enough chances that would have made the scoreline greater, but our profligacy made it a narrow win. This owed so much to the fact that our Greek opponents rarely threatened to play.
Another laboured team performance against Vidi in our Europa League encounter also had the same recurring theme of us being too wasteful in front of goal. This doesn’t bode well especially if we are hoping to win the competition. A staunch defence can be given by keen observers who might want to point to the fact that our dog-fight performances are down to the Sarri’s rotation of the squad. But in reality, our second string side has enough quality to devastatingly beat the opponents in our group without much fuss.
This simply points to the fact Chelsea are due a strong performance in order to set our Europa league campaign on full throttle. Such a performance can be best served in our next game against Borisov. The issues of complacency, lackadaisical defending and profligacy all need to be dealt with by Sarri and his coaching staff in order to give the club a good chance of lifting the Europa League trophy.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!