Chelsea lost 11-10 on penalties to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final last night in a very entertaining high octane final that could have gone any way.
The game at Wembley was characterized by missed chances and inspired goalkeeping at both ends of the pitch. Though, it was Chelsea who had the best chances to get the win in regulation time.
In this article, we’d be looking at three key positives from last night if we’re to talk from a Chelsea perspective.
Fluidity In Chelsea Attack:
This is something that had been lacking in previous games but Chelsea sorta found it against Lille in the champions league last midweek and maintained it against Liverpool last night.
The front three of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount were all over the place especially in the early stages of the game against Liverpool as the Reds backline struggled to cope with their movements.
The link-up in the Chelsea attack led to a handful of chances and the only thing lacking was finishing, something that can actually be worked on and rectified in subsequent games.
Cup Final Performance Could Spur Team Confidence For Remainder Of The Season:
It’s safe to say Chelsea were simply unlucky against Liverpool as that was one of the best Chelsea performances we’ve seen in recent times.
Great intensity, unmatched defending and goalkeeping but the missed chances and narrow offside decisions before the unsuccessful shootout just indicated that the stars were not ready to align.
However, after that performance, Chelsea can head into the next games in the premier league, champions league, and FA Cup with pride and confidence knowing that they can square up to any team in the world and like we saw in 2019 and 2021, Chelsea won a European trophy after loosing a domestic cup final. So who knows?
Reece James back like he never left:
While Azpilicueta coming off injured in the second half and Andreas Christensen missing the game with an injury might have rightly seemed like huge blows to Chelsea, the return of Reece James from an almost two-months old injury is a big boost for the Blues.
The prolific wing-back replaced Azpilicueta in the second half and looked the part for the rest of the game, slotted in like he was never away from the team and he could be influential for Chelsea in their upcoming games.