So it's another big blow to Chelsea's title race with a 2-0 loss to Arsenal. As usual I'm going to go over a few talking points.
👉Sarri came out and battered the mentality of the players last night! He was furious at the way we played.But I think there's a lot more than just mentality to blame for this loss.
👉 We were playing our best goalscorer and assist provider as a poacher! Playing Hazard off the ball for the entirety of the game doesn't sound like a great plan. Arsenal scored the 1st goal and then went defensive.There was no space in the centre to operate and this caused problems. We don't have a striker who can be a presence in the box so all we did was take pass the ball around sideways.This has been happening the entire season.
👉Alonso was asked to go infield to be an attacking presence in the box.This isolated the wingers completely!
👉For me, Willian was good in this game but Pedro missed a few good chances. We also need a midfielder with an attacking mindset. RLC is the best candidate for this IMO. He would make up for the lack of ability of the full-backs and support the wingers.He could also play in the half spaces.It would really help to open up defenses.
👉According to Mourinho, Kante was pushing too far forward and not staying tight enough to Jorginho in this game.Sarri has also pointed this issue out previously.But it's something that can be worked in training.I don't blame Kante for this, as the goalscorers aren't doing their job.
⭕CONCLUSION - 🔴Our fullbacks are just not good enough for Sarriball.Im willing to give Azpi more time but Alonso needs to be benched.
🔴We need to sign a striker ASAP to help us get goals.It will also allow Hazard to play where he play's best.
🔴A midfeilder with an attacking mindset, like Loftus-Cheek or Mason Mount needed in this lineup.
🔴 The club and the fans need to give Sarri time to adapt to the premier league, and build the team with the kind of players he wants.
🔥We are still in the top 4 and signing a striker will tremendously bolster our chances🔥