Three video games – two wins and a draw to start out the 2021-22 Premier League season for Chelsea Soccer Membership. Add into the combo, a Tremendous Cup conquer Europa League winners Villarreal. All in all, it’s been a productive and promising August 2021 for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.
Given the League is on pause whereas the worldwide fixtures are going down, now’s an applicable time to mirror on the month that was to see what key themes have been current, and extra importantly, shortly look at the highway forward as we navigate via a steadily constructing fixture listing.
The Story So Far – A Brilliant Begin
Chelsea kicked off their marketing campaign with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Unai Emery’s Villarreal following a 1-1 rating after 90 minutes. This secured the Blues first Tremendous Cup since 1998 when Chelsea beat one other Spanish opponent in Actual Madrid.
Whereas the efficiency itself was a bit topsy-topsy at instances in opposition to the Yellow Submarine, which was to be anticipated given it was Chelsea’s first correct aggressive match, the end result appeared to positively propel the Blues into the beginning of the brand new Premier League marketing campaign.
Tuchel’s males have been virtually flawless of their first two video games in opposition to Crystal Palace and Arsenal. Not solely did they rating 5 objectives and maintain two clear sheets, however they have been in complete management of each matches. These two performances set an early assertion to the remainder of the league that the European Champions have been seeking to now channel their efforts on being the nation’s greatest as soon as extra.
To conclude their remaining recreation of the month, the Blues locked horns with the Reds within the first game-of-the-season on the notoriously troublesome Anfield. Just like Chelsea, Liverpool entered this conflict stuffed with confidence after securing two snug wins and equally dominant shows.
In the long run, the Blues walked away from Anfield with a hard-fought and well-deserved level, regardless of being a participant down for a whole half given the tough dismissal to Reece James. On one other day, Chelsea would have walked away with all three factors had they been extra exact with their remaining third passes.
The 3 key issues that stood from Chelsea’s shows to date have been:
1. Defensively disciplined
Following on from the again half of final season, Chelsea proceed to exhibit that they’re very nicely disciplined and organised defensively, and with that, are extraordinarily troublesome to penetrate. Credit score have to be given to every member of the Blues backline as they appear a supremely cohesive and dedicated defensive unit who’re in concord with respect to understanding and executing their position.
Particular reward needs to be given to Marcos Alonso who was as soon as considered on the outer has remained dogged and decided to maintain himself within the dialog. Credit score to him for his perseverance. Additionally price shouting out teen Trevoh Chalobah who has risen from nowhere to turn out to be a promising up and comer who has already cemented his place in Chelsea folklore by scoring a cracking long-range objective at Stamford Bridge on his debut in opposition to Crystal Palace.
Whereas the Blues have confronted a really powerful activity in going to Anfield and fared nicely, there are some equally difficult crunch clashes upcoming wherein Chelsea’s defence shall be sternly examined.
2. Romelu revitalises our assault
The large speaking level throughout final season (and for the previous couple of seasons) for Chelsea was who was going to be the following prolific entrance man to steer the Blues into a real title cost? The reply to this query appears to be the returning protégé and future inheritor to King Didier Drogba, Romelu Lukaku. Recent from a few stellar seasons with Serie A Champions Inter Milan, the Belgian bulldozer has kicked-off his reunion together with his beloved Blues in large style.
Having scored the opener on his second coming in opposition to bitter London rivals Arsenal on the Emirates, Lukaku has really revolutionised Chelsea’s assault. Other than getting on the objective sheet (as is predicted of him), he has proven already that his contribution to the squad is way over being a robust finisher. His means to hold-up and convey others into the assault reminiscent of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, be a focus to start out a transfer, and to make runs and obtain the ball from all totally different areas has given Chelsea followers a number of optimism that he may simply be the ultimate piece of Chelsea’s masterpiece puzzle.
3. Accidents and sicknesses are a priority
For the entire constructive vibes and robust performances in Chelsea’s shows to date, there’s nonetheless a component of vulnerability lingering amongst the Blues squad. Throughout August 2021, we had the likes of Hakim Ziyech injure his shoulder within the Tremendous Cup remaining simply as he was beginning to rediscover high kind, Christian Pulisic examined constructive for COVID-19, and N’Golo Kanté re-injure his ankle throughout Chelsea’s crunch conflict with Liverpool and stays a doubt for the Aston Villa recreation.
Additionally throughout the recreation in opposition to the Reds, Jorginho gave Blues followers a second of panic as he went down within the first half however fortunately was capable of shake it off and proceed. Luckily for Chelsea they have been capable of safe the providers of Saul Niguez on deadline day to bolster their midfield choices.
Though Chelsea has a robust and aggressive squad, given it is just just the start phases of the season, having these early accidents and sicknesses to common first staff members will certainly be a trigger for concern for Tuchel. Due to this fact, one wouldn’t be stunned if earlier and extra strategic squad rotation shall be deployed to try to fight the problem of damage and fatigue as Chelsea are anticipated to compete for trophies on a number of fronts.
The Street Forward (Sep 2021)
Chelsea play six video games all through September 2021. The breakdown of the video games is as follows:
Whereas all eyes shall be on the 2 blockbuster Premier League clashes with London rivals Tottenham and Champions League finalists’ Manchester Metropolis, you will need to acknowledge that there are additionally two extremely vital Champions League matches to be negotiated. Additional, there are additionally two very difficult contests in opposition to the rising Aston Villa.
Given the video games shall be coming thick and quick for the Blues throughout three competitions in September, one suspects there shall be a a lot wider utilisation of Tuchel’s squad, notably for these gamers which have been on the periphery because the begin of the season e.g. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva.
Particularly, the EFL Cup match in opposition to Dean Smith’s Villa shall be an opportune time to offer a few of the gifted children some minutes in addition to enable a few of under-used squad members an opportunity to persuade Tuchel of granting them extra minutes within the video games forthcoming.
The difficult balancing act for Tuchel shall be to make sure that he appropriately rotates his squad to maintain them contemporary and wholesome, however on the identical time, make adjustments that don’t disrupt the staff’s total rhythm and cohesiveness. Luckily a lot of the squad seem like in moderately good bodily form, regardless of N’Golo’s damage cloud and current reviews of Lukaku nursing a thigh damage.
However it’s a lengthy season with many twists and turns, safely navigating via this turbulent interval shall be essential for the Blues when it comes to reaffirming their claims of being a real title contender and being a facet ‘nobody desires to play in opposition to‘.
Come on you Blues!