The international break is upon us and with that, provides us with a good moment to assess how Chelsea have done so far in the Premier League. Let’s analyse each game briefly.
The match week opener at Old Trafford went drastically wrong as Chelsea conceded four goals and lost to Manchester United in disappointing fashion. We started relatively well and looked the more dangerous side creating dangerous chances. Tammy had the chance to put the Blues up 1-0 but hit the woodwork with a thunderous screamer. During the first 15 minutes, Chelsea seemed the more potent side but Kurt Zouma mistimed his challenge on Marcus Rashford inside the box and gave United the penalty and ultimately the lead. This match exposed Chelsea’s gaps between the lines and in midfield whenever they lost possession. They weren’t compact and thus United were able to hit them on the counter and convert their chances.
The Blues displayed a different performance against Liverpool at the UEFA Super Cup. They reverted to a 4-3-3, a formation they were well accustomed to and gave Liverpool a match. They ended up drawing and losing on pens. The Blues had the opportunity to carry their good performance they displayed in the midweek when they hosted the foxes, Leicester City, at Stamford Bridge. They quickly went up 1-0 with a goal by Mason Mount and controlled the match but in the second half they collapsed and Leicester ultimately looked the better side dominating the midfield. They conceded on a set piece and the match ended in a draw with Chelsea lucky to escape with a point.
Chelsea throughout the season have looked very shaky on set pieces, regardless being man or zonal marking. The Blues managed to get their first win of the season against Norwich away with Abraham making his presence known with brace. Chelsea at this point looked better offensively and were starting to pick up form.
Abraham scored two poacher-esque goals against Sheffield United and continued his hot goal streak against Wolves with a hat trick. Chelsea re-introduced a back 3 and matched the Wolves formation. From this standpoint Chelsea looked a bit more stable but still were conceding. Throughout the next couple of weeks Chelsea accumulated 6 points out of 3 Premier League matches. Not a bad couple weeks despite their slow start. Callum-Hudson Odoi made his return in late September and provided the Blues an extra spark in attack as he quickly got up and running. He has two assists in the league sharing the assist stats with Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea now stand 5th in the table, 14 points behind the league leaders Liverpool. They have 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Tammy Abraham is their leading scorer with 9 goals in all competitions and is the joint-league leader in goals alongside Sergio Aguero. Considering that Frank Lampard side started off slow, they have made ground and stand where they should be, near the top four. Frank Lampard has shown flexibility in his formations depending on the opposition but has also shown his inexperience at times. Abraham, Mount and Tomori were all called up to the England squad for the first time this past week and deservedly so. The trio will look to continue their strong form when they return home next week at the Bridge. The Blues will host the struggling Toon and ought to continue their winning ways as they prepare for a busy schedule. The goal no doubt for this season is to make the top four and considering the fact that Manchester United and Tottenham are currently struggling, the Blues have to take advantage and secure valuable points.