After a tough home game against Liverpool, Chelsea was to play West Brom tonight.
In a game where most of our new signings made the starting eleven and a newly named captain for the night Thiago Silva, Chelsea looked to get those 3 points away from home and continue their Premier League campaign. But that wasn’t the case at the Hawthorns.
A very shaky start and a poor first had left Chelsea three goals down at halftime because of individual errors and a poor display of defence as Callum Robinson put two past Caballero and Kyle Bartley adding to the score line.
Although West Brom were clinical in the attack and finishing their chances, Chelsea struggled as they lacked the finishing in the final third and weren’t able to convert.
The second half was going to be a challenge for Frank as he had to prepare them for a comeback to take away at least a point from a game like this. With Azpilicueta and Hudson-Odoi coming on for Alonso and Kovacic, Chelsea had a promising start to the second half but still had a few problems while passing the ball around and causing some misjudged passes.
This changed the dynamic for Chelsea and with Mount and Hudson-Odoi finding the net. A change in the style of play left Chelsea backtracking as they struggled to find momentum again. With an injury time goal by Abraham, Chelsea secured the point.
Overall, in a match where Chelsea would have wanted to take away the three points up for grabs, after going three goals down at halftime, a draw is a difficult result. A performance like this now puts an enormous questions on Frank Lampard – especially given the Chelsea board had backed him all summer with world class signings. This performance underlines that expectations are now growing on him to deliver.