CHELSEA LEGEND EXPLAINS WHY CHELSEA ARE STRUGGLING TO SCORE GOALS FROM CORNER-KICKS. IT HAS BEEN A PROBLEM THIS SEASON

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Despite having 11 corners against Wolves, Chelsea failed to trouble Wolves from corner-kicks during our 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has now explained why the Blues struggle to score goals from corner-kicks while also suggesting solutions.

“I just feel it will be a few marginal gains that might make the difference between top four and being back in the Europa League again,” Nevin told Chelsea’s official website.

“One marginal gain we could make in my opinion is to improve our corner-kick delivery. As everyone groans when another one fails to clear the first defender I have a deep sigh to myself.

“Why is it that from a free-kick players can ping a ball over a wall to within an inch of the crossbar from 25 yards but cannot always get a decent corner over? Having taken 19 years’ worth of corners professionally, can I respectfully explain why it is harder now than it has ever been?

“The players have to run up a hill, the run up is too short, the plastic surface goes right to the line and as such your planted foot is half on grass and half on the synthetic surface.

“If you were devising a method of making corner-taking more difficult, this is exactly what you would do! Maybe adding a step, as they do at some clubs, would make it even harder, but you get the point.

“Even so the players can all ‘dolly’ a ball in there quite easily, but if you don’t hit it with precision and pace, the modern keeper will almost certainly come and collect it.

“If we could find a way to flatten off this area around the corner flag and grass it, it could add a few more goals per season. Then opposition might benefit too, but not as much as us because we always get more corners than they do at home, it was 11-0 in that department at the weekend.

“Those extra few goals that would be created and that marginal gain might just be the difference between Europa League and Champions League.”

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