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Chelsea lost to Manchester City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and for the first time in recent years, Chelsea were favourites to win a game against Manchester City.
The Blues were totally outclassed from start to finish, and even Thomas Tuchel admitted after the game that Pep Guardiola’s side outclassed his team. From tactics to intensity, belief and preparation, it was all Manchester City.
But then there could be some positives to take from the game.
- Chelsea are still beatable
Listening to Michael Owen after the game, the legendary striker was shocked at how City outplayed Chelsea. Owen had predicted that Chelsea would beat Manchester City and labelled the Chelsea team as unbeatable. But the defeat can only serve as a wake up call to the team that you are only as good as your last match.
The awareness that the team can be beaten would only bring in a higher level of dedication and commitment from the manager to the players. The overconfidence that came with being unbeaten since last season will now be replaced with a new sense of humility and dedication. It can only go on well from here.
- The season is still long
In the words of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, the title wasn’t won or lost with the game against Manchester City. Surely, with over 30 games to go, there’s still a long way until the end of the season. All Chelsea must do now is maintain focus and build consistency. This may go down as one of the most difficult seasons ever to win the league, but the Blues must be ready to fight until the last.
- Fear factor is back
One thing we must all credit Thomas Tuchel for is for bringing back the fear factor to Chelsea. During the era of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry, Chelsea had a fear factor built around the club. Nobody wanted to face Chelsea, not even the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. But over the years, we saw it watered down.
In recent years, Manchester City have been the most successful team in the league, but even Pep Guardiola had that massive respect coming to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s comments after the game where he referred to Chelsea as the masters clearly showed how much the Man City manager respected Chelsea.
“We come here and play our game,” Guardiola said.
“Sometimes we cannot do it because the opponent is better but we had courage to press high and they could not make the build-up where they are usually masters.”