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What we learnt from Chelsea’s shock 3-2 defeat to West Ham

Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 defeat away at West Ham on Saturday afternoon. West Ham came from behind twice after Chelsea took the lead on two occasions through Thiago Silva and Mason Mount before Arthur Masuaku scored the winner in a rather comical fashion late in the game.

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Liverpool’s victory at the death over Wolves now mean Chelsea would head into the next matchday no longer top of the premier league and it’s a big blow in the Blues’ title charge.

In this article, we’d be looking at three lessons learnt from a Chelsea perspective following the five goal thriller at the London Stadium.

Chelsea better off without Lukaku:

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Chelsea spent a whopping £97.5 million to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in the summer as the Belgian was primed to solve Chelsea’s attacking problems.

However after an impressive few starts, Lukaku has been struggling in a Chelsea shirt. The Belgian went six games without a goal contribution before getting injured late in October and in the games Lukaku missed, he wasn’t missed at all as Chelsea ran rampage against the likes of Norwich, Newcastle, Juventus amongst others.

The 28-year old made his first appearance post-injury off the bench against Man Utd last weekend without making any meaningful impact. Lukaku also played the entire duration of the second half against West Ham but instead of adding some bite to the Chelsea attack, he made things a lot more predictable than it was in the first half as Chelsea struggled to create any meaningful opportunity with his presence on the pitch.

Predictability has been the case with the Chelsea attack in almost all games Lukaku has played and it seems as though the former Inter Milan man is yet to find some chemistry or connection with his Chelsea teammates and until that happens, Lukaku would seem to be more of a liability than an asset.

Injury woes could affect Chelsea’s title charge:

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Chelsea have struggled with injuries of late with N’golo Kanté and Matteo Kovacic Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell, currently out for the Blues.

While the Blues have previously grinded out results despite their long injury list in recent weeks, the injury crises seems to have finally taken its toll as the Chelsea squad has now been stretched beyond its limit.

Alonso has struggled as Ben Chilwell’s deputy and the packed schedule is already having an effect on Jorginho whom Thomas Tuchel has confirmed to have been playing with a hip pain in recent games.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saúl Niguez are currently the only central midfield options currently on a 100% fitness level for Chelsea and the return dates for Matteo Kovacic and N’golo Kanté is still unknown.

Kai Havertz and Marcos Alonso also went off injured for Chelsea earlier today as confirmed by Thomas Tuchel and if they get lengthy spells on the sidelines, then this festive period won’t get any easier for Chelsea.

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