In a weekend filled with drama across the Premier League, Chelsea fans have forgotten about the great job that Thomas Tuchel has executed since his arrival. Yes, the Blue’s did not get the result that they wanted, however, the reaction has been quite hyperbolic, to say the least. Whilst some dwell on the possibilities if Tuchel has fielded a different team, how about we take away some of the positives from losing to arguably, one of the best teams in Europe.
It could have been worse, we could have drawn with newly-promoted Brentford or lost to the mighty Aston Villa.
If there was a good time for Chelsea to drop points, it would definitely have been this weekend. Title favourites including Manchester United and Liverpool both dropped points whilst facing opponents that they should be beating comfortably. Manchester United lost 1-0 to Aston Villa and Liverpool drew 3-3 with Brentford.
I take a look at the opponents that both Manchester United and Liverpool have faced so far this season and I can wholeheartedly say, the worse is yet to come. United are yet to face a team from the “big six” and Liverpool have only faced Chelsea to whom they only managed to secure one point.
Chelsea have already played Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City this season and has gained seven points in total. The major hurdles are almost out of the way and we can focus on games where we can expect Tuchel’s men to be on top.
Of course, we have to take a look at Manchester City but when you think about it, they are the Champions of England for a reason. They are who everybody is competing with to get that ultimate prize and we are as close to them as any other team.
Only one point separates the four teams in contention for the title, it’s still early days and we are yet to show our full strength. With Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount currently out injury, N’Golo Kante suffering from illness and Reece James’ early substitution, it’s no wonder we could not beat a strong Manchester City Side.
Now, Tuchel has his reasons for every transfer decision made or not made in the summer. The one decision that confused me was leaving Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad. There were many Chelsea fans with my exact thoughts and that caused quite a stir and led to them questioning Loftus-Cheek’s ambition.
After purchasing Saul in what I now see as a panic loan in retrospect, Ruben’s game time was sure to be limited; now it seems that the Chelsea academy product could find favour under Tuchel.
He just looks so sharp, doesn’t he? Our new ball carrier in midfield with a sprinkle of creativity. We often call for a midfielder who can bring a different dimension to Chelsea’s midfield. Someone with a creative edge and a physical presence. That is Ruben Loftus-Cheek ladies and gentlemen. I can see him taking on that number 8 role so seamlessly in this squad. He may not start all the matches, but being substituted on at 78 minutes, knowing that we needed a change in pace and extra attacking threat, shows that he is most definitely in Tuchel’s plans. We will be seeing more from our Blue-blooded youth.
Lukaku and Werner
Did we manage to get a shot on target on Saturday? No. Did we manage to see a glimpse of a partnership that could work? Yes. Always something positive to take away from an unpleasing attacking performance.
It’s time that we see a run of games between Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Despite not receiving the service allowing them to have an impact in Saturday’s match, Timo Werner eventually managed to find his way to penetrating City’s box with Lukaku on the receiving end.
You probably think I’m pulling on strings of nothing here, I understand; however we’ve seen Werner do it before. Reaching an unreal number of goals for the Bundesliga team, RB Leipzig, Werner excelled with another target man upfront. This can be the same pattern with Lukaku now in the picture. We know it and Tuchel knows it.
I could go on but, all in all, Chelsea fans have absolutely nothing to worry about. Respectfully, we should worry if our performances continue in this matter in our upcoming games – Juventus, Southampton, Brentford, Malmo and Norwich. From recent history, we know that Tuchel learns from his mistakes. He admitted getting it wrong against Manchester City, the same way he admitted getting it wrong against West Brom earlier in the year. We will come back on top and we will keep fighting. Keep calm and trust the process.
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