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Chelsea finished the game against Newcastle with 70 percent possession and for all of Chelsea’s dominance, the Blues could only get 4 attempts on goal.
In many games this season, the Blues have dominated play in terms of possession of the ball but still struggled to open up the opposition defence. Against Newcastle, Chelsea continued to move the ball from left to right but found it difficult to open up any tangible space in the Magpies backline.
While watching the game on Saturday, my heart cried out for the magic of Eden Hazard. It was the Belgian who helped Chelsea break down teams most times last season as Chelsea as well struggled to create opportunities under Maurizio Sarri.
All Chelsea had to do last season was give the ball to Eden Hazard and he will do his magic even when the spaces are tight – Hazard creates space. However, our wingers Willian and Hudson-Odoi can run with the ball into space but do not have such ability to open space with close control in a tight corner. Christian Pulisic is the closest with such technical abilities, but the American has dropped form yet again and hasn’t been consistent this season.
To be fair to Frank Lampard, his pattern of football is more proactive than that of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Sarri-ball totally depended on Hazard, but under Lampard, we’ve had a striker notch 13 Premier League goals already, something that was missing last season as Chelsea begged for a striker who can score goals.
While Chelsea’s defence has been an issue this season, Frank Lampard’s side has played some good attacking football, much better than what we saw last season where the performance was drab at times.
All this Chelsea team need now is a player like Eden Hazard who can make magic on his own. Every top side has at least one of such a player in their team, and top European giants like Barcelona, PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool and even Manchester City have more than enough in their arsenal.