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Decent performance. Shame about the missed penalty though. Wolves were the better side in all three of our games last season so at least this was a much better performance than what we managed against them last season. 

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What basically happened is that Adama Traore is really, really, ridiculously fast.

Highlighted the issue with Shaw in that he came up against a player where his pace can't get him out of trouble his positioning gets him into, but that really isn't gonna happen that often despite his proneness to flab that people have been mocking recently, so I don't think it'll overly damage our season unless PSG drop into the Europa league and he winds up against M'Bappe.

It was a good performance, can't be mad about it. Even while we were struggling to deal with Wolves' improvement we were still getting chances of our own, it wasn't a collapse or anything.

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Bleh, not a good start to the season for Chelsea.

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10 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

Bleh, not a good start to the season for Chelsea.

Fitness seems to be one of the things Chelsea need to improve on.

At the moment, we look good in the first half of games, but poor in the second. Sky Sports showed a comparison in the build up to the Wolves vs Man United game last night of Chelsea's stats in the first half of the two PL fixtures compared to the second half and the drop off was significant.  In the first half against Man United, we played quite well, then faded in the second. For 120 minutes against Liverpool, we played really well, but maybe the players were buoyed on by the fact there was a trophy to play for. First 20 minutes against Leicester, we played with an intensity rarely seen from a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge, but after having played 120 minutes midweek, it was likely the players were going to tire and be unable to keep that level up through the entire game. 

However, there have been some positives. We press much better from the front than we ever have. I thought it was a brilliant piece of play from Mason Mount for his goal against Leicester. The way he won the ball so quickly from Ndidi was nearly more impressive than his finish for the goal. The way he plays isn't too dissimilar to the way Oscar played for us during Mourinho's second spell at the club.

We have actually had the third most shots after Man City and Spurs, but to have only scored one goal from the 32 shots over two league games is a very poor conversion rate. Another problem is that only five shots have come from centre forwards - four for Abraham and one for Giroud. What Giroud brings, though, is the ability to occupy centre backs and create space for the attacking midfielders and wingers to move into, and he did that very well in the opening stages of the Leicester game. Abraham brings the speed and mobility to get in behind the opposition's defence and also the ability to close down opposition defenders on the ball.

 

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I guess this is one of those games we need to win if we're to challenge for the top six/four, and considering that Villa have lost their first two, everything is in place for a good performance.

That worries me. Not as much as it would three-four years ago, but still, it feels like one of those banana skin games. 

Hope we'll keep our defensive solidity, and that Kean gets more playing time. And then we'll see..

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Digne is a superb player.


Villa on the other hand clearly displaying the issues with trying to buy a whole new team. They're constantly mislaying passes because they've clearly not got used to each others' movement.


eta: lol as I type that, they score coz of Jota making a superbly timed pass.

Edited by polishgenius

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Meh.

ETA: Need Kean on. DCL has quite a few qualities, but scoring simply isn't one, yet at least.

Edited by Rorshach

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Perhaps. 

Hard to say, because too many players aren't really turned on so far. Gomes misses touches, Richarlison is just struggling, DCL can't get things right.. 

Iwobi for Richarlison and Kean for DCL is a possibility, but maybe they are too unfamiliar with the team for both to be playing togheter? Dunno.

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2 minutes ago, Rorshach said:

Perhaps. 

Hard to say, because too many players aren't really turned on so far. Gomes misses touches, Richarlison is just struggling, DCL can't get things right.. 

Iwobi for Richarlison and Kean for DCL is a possibility, but maybe they are too unfamiliar with the team for both to be playing togheter? Dunno.

Then you've gotta put on Walcott with Iwobi haha.

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1 minute ago, Joey Crows said:

Then you've gotta put on Walcott with Iwobi haha.

Now that's just mean..

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Banana skin.

Villa have one great pass, they score. 

We have a lot of posessioin, several okay chances, at least three good ones, and we can't score for toffee. Literally.

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Heh.

Can't find a way through a packed Palace, can't find a way through a packed Villa. We need to do better against defensive blocks.

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Everton threw away three points there. Had Villa on the ropes but fluffed a few very good chances at 1-0. Iwobi did look lively and caused problems for Villa's defence. Gomes had a poor game and Yerry Mina doesn't look to be a good defender. Wesley was excellent for Villa - had Keane on toast. 

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That's a shocker for Everton.  I'm not sure how Schneiderlin and DCL earned starting spots tonight but even so the play shown by Digne, Bernard, Siggurdson and Gomes in the last couple of games should have been plenty to create a goal or two tonight, especially against the right side of Villa's defense.  But they've only scored one goal now in three PL games, despite having more chances than their opponents in each game and heavily dominating possession in two of those.  Richarlison is a bit off form, but you'd expect him to come back strongly.  (Is he tired after the Copa?)  And Kean isn't trusted yet.  They should be doing better than this.  One point from two games against Palace and Villa, who both look in disarray atm, is a let down even if those games were away from home.

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Gomes was absolutely shocking tonight.


On the other hand Villa have a good midfield, Douglas Luiz is going to enrage opposition and be beloved by Villa fans though he's a right old troll.

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Rudiger not back yet and no Kante in the Chelsea squad either. That's a big boost for Norwich and they should be able to create a lot more scoring opportunities without Kante there to run the midfield. 

ETA. Pedro has picked up a knock during the warm up. Barkley comes in for him. 

Edited by Consigliere

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