Chelsea played out a disappointing 1-1 draw at home in the premier league yesterday. It was the first time Chelsea were dropping points to a side outside the premier league top 3 this season after previously dropping points to second placed Man City and third placed Liverpool.
Kai Havertz put the Blues ahead after getting on the end of a sumptuous Reece James cross in the first half. It was mostly one way traffic for large parts of the game until Burnley grew in confidence and belief later in the game and a spell of Burnley possession led to an equalizer in the 80th minute.
In this article, we’d be looking at three of the harsh lessons learnt in a game where Chelsea were left to rue missed chances.
ROSS BARKLEY, A GOOD PLAYER BUT NOT CHELSEA-GOOD:
Ross Barkley was like the life of the Chelsea party throughout his stay on the pitch against Burnley. The Everton wonderkid as he then was, linked attack and midfield for Chelsea expertly but as we’ve seen many times, the England international still lacks that killer instinct which is the hallmark of every big player.
Barkley is definitely good but he’s so far failed to add to his game that factor that would make him a world class player and a Chelsea regular. The midfielder had a couple of opportunities to kill the game off but was wayward at the final third. The biggest chance of the game fell to Barkley in the 72nd minute with the scores still 1-0 but the former Everton man skied his effort from just a few yards out in what was his last contribution to the game.
Overall, it was a decent game but in a star-studded Chelsea side that would be welcoming the likes of Lukaku, Werner, and Kovacic back from injury after the international break, the game against Burnley mght have just been Barkley’s last opportunity to make himself a Chelsea regular.
HUDSON-ODOI PASSED ANOTHER CHELSEA AUDITION BUT NOT CONVINCINGLY:
In recent games, Callum Hudson-Odoi has had the chance to impress Thomas Tuchel in his preferred attacking role due to injuries to several key attacking players like Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic.
The English youngster has had some Impressive performances in the recent games he’s played in but he’s not quite made an impression worthy of keeping a 100% fit Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner on the bench. The game against Burnley was an opportunity for Hudson-Odoi to really assert himself but he offered nothing special and also missed 2 very big chance in both halves of the game.
THOMAS TUCHEL TAUGHT TO NEVER FEEL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH A ONE NIL LEAD:
Chelsea had the lead for most parts of the game. Hence, it seemed inevitable that the Blues would head into the international break with all 3 points. That feeling of comfort did cost Chelsea the 3 points they should have gotten against Burnley as Thomas Tuchel only made one change prior to the Blues conceding.
Agreed, Thomas Tuchel’s charges were playing well but immediately it seemed as though the players on the pitch were struggling to add a second, the German tactician ought to have made at least a couple of changes that could have helped Chelsea insure the game.