The Carabao Cup returned to action last night as Chelsea visited Tottenham Hotspur with both sides recently producing a mixed bag in terms of results. This fixture provided us with Blues first team debuts for Édouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell who I’m sure we can all agree put in impressive performances. However, these performances are to be overshadowed heavily by Lampard’s questionable decision making amidst a poor second half performance. Here we analyse three things we learned from the game:
Mason Mount was on the end of vitriolic abuse after missing a penalty after a rare lackluster performance. Mount is such an important player to this club yet his constant appearance within the matchday squad is clearly taking its toll and impacting his performance. Of course he is not the only victim of poor final third play, as Chelsea as a whole couldn’t seen to gel and perform fluidity in the attack which is a consistent theme so far as the season gets going. Hudson Odoi also failed to make his mark with weak finishing, as stated above this piles pressure on Lampard again as the hunt for a trophy shortens. Yes this is football and anything can happen however the realistic view of us lifting the Premier or Champions league seem distant at this present time. What will the future hold?
Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell
Nevertheless, many positives have to be taken into account as this is just one of many games and a League Cup match at that. For example, new signing between the sticks Édouard Mendy provided a fitting debut despite the result as he showed signs of all the things Chelsea had been missing. Mendy provided top positioning, quick reactions and a deviant dominance in the 6 yard box that sadly Kepa lacked. In addition, Ben Chilwell made his first start for the club after his substitute appearance vs Barnsley in the last round of the cup who also looked comfortable at LB where Alonso and Emerson have not. Other mentions for impressive performances go to: Werner, Kante and Zouma.
A fork in the road?
In conclusion, the Fourth Round exit from the Carabao Cup to Tottenham Hotspur could become a unique point to look back on as the disorganizing setup in the second half from Frank Lampard’s Blues was problematic as Chelsea couldn’t handle the ball being played long in between the CB’s. Again maybe highlighting Frank Lampard’s inexperience and lack of judgement as his team failed to setup correctly and be clinical in the final phase of play. This has been the theme before and will certainly be tested in our next game on Saturday vs local London rivals Crystal Palace who are known for sitting deep like Spurs did tonight. Also their start to the season has been impressive with an away win at Manchester United. Therefore this squad and setup will be put to the test again.