Chelsea have succumbed to three Premier League defeats already this season, and the latest being the 1-0 loss to Leicester City on Saturday dampened Chelsea’s hopes of a title fight, with the Blues 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Despite dominating possession in games this season, Maurizio Sarri’s side have struggled to come up with the goals, and this happened against the Foxes before Jamie Vardy fired a 51st minute goal that sealed the win for Leicester City.
To solve the team’s scoring problems, Sarri has tried to play Hazard in a false nine role supported by Willian and Pedro, but the system which might produced against Manchester City have failed to work against Leicester City.
ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has slammed Chelsea’s tactics and over reliance on Hazard, and Nicol believes that Pedro and Willian must start scoring goals if the team must progress.
“I don’t think it’s a huge shock that we are asking where are Chelsea’s goals going to come from,” he told ESPN FC.
“If it’s not Eden Hazard, who is it?
“They just don’t look like they’ve got any ideas whatsoever.
“When he plays as a false nine though, you’re taking something away from his game which means you’re taking something away from Chelsea’s game.
“Yes, they need a centre forward who will score goals but they also need some of the other players, Willian, Pedro, to start creating and scoring on a more regular basis.
“Right now, what they’re giving is good enough to beat most sides but they’re going to end up doing what they did against Leicester – not at it, lose a goal and the game is done.”
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