Clean sheet but no win.
Chelsea travelled to Old Trafford on Saturday night to play Manchester United and played out a goalless draw agains them after what was a pretty uneventful game. Ole stuck with the lineup that beat Newcastle much to everyone’s surprise while Lampard switched to a 3-4-3. Mendy started in goal with Azpilicueta, Silva, and Zouma in defence. James, Kante, Jorginho and Chilwell made up the four while Pulisic, Werner and Havertz started up front.
In the pouring rain the game kicked off and for 90 minutes the case was that both teams were quiet cautious and not interested in taking the game by the horns. Lampard of course was probably cautious due to how Ole and United have returned to counter attacking teams and after last seasons 4-0 loss he was not going to fall for it this time. VAR also played it’s customary role for United as they didn’t even use it when Maguire head locked Azpilicueta from a corner and stopped the Spaniard from jumping. It was a blatant penalty and not even referred. The game had it’s chances but either the final pass was lacking or the finish was not good enough. United probably had the better shots on goal but Mendy made some very solid saves keep it goalless. The game ended goalless and a points considering results after our game isn’t the worst especially when Everton lost.
Mendy had another solid game after Sevilla and another clean sheet to his name. Mendy was athletic and dominant in the box and bar a silly pass to Silva in the 1st half that almost entered the goal there was no problem from our goalkeeper. Mendy is bringing out the confidence in our defence and its good for the team.
Our defence had a brilliant game once again, Reece James and Azpi dominated the right hand side with Dan James and Luke Shaw in their pocket since minute one while Silva and Zouma were barely threatened throughout the game. Silva handled Cavani’s introduction well while Rashford was no real threat. Chilwell once again attacked well but as the game progressed he also made some brilliant defensive plays as he continues his good form.
The midfielder debate is probably the area Lampard needs to work on next. Kovacic, Kante, or Jorginho which two or one should start? Kante is probably the most polarising player at the moment because everyone knows he’s a quality player but he hasn’t been good for some time. Kante lacked the final pass and was short on tackles as well and while he will always give his full for Chelsea maybe he needs to be dropped.
Not the best game for Pulisic, Havertz, and Werner and then Tammy and Mount when they came on. The defensive formation meant that we lacked a connection going forward. The front three cut an isolated figure and weren’t afforded to much space to use their pace on the counter etc. There were chances but mostly half chances that fell straight at De Gea. Better days will come for the front line though.
I think Lampard got the tactics right for this game, the lineup was exciting and on the face of it should have worked and to an extent it did. Our defence has been a massive issue and the fact that we have now kept 2 clean sheets and looked good for it is a step in the right direction. Next up for Frank is to connect the two halves of the team and make the play fluid over the course of the next few weeks.
The draw’s against West Brom and Southampton are the ones that leave a sour taste on our table position but a draw against United at Old Trafford isn’t the worst result. 4 points off of Everton we look good at the moment and our improving game by game. Next up Krasnodar! COME ON YOU BLUES!!!