Chelsea tasted their first defeat this season and there was not much positive to say about the 2-0 loss against Liverpool.
It was rather expected considering the injury problems, but it is still disappointing.
There are a lot of things that went wrong in the game as well, particularly Andreas Christensen’s red card which put Chelsea under even bigger pressure from Liverpool.
How the game played out, though, highlighted the problems in the system Frank Lampard has been trying to implement.
To put it frankly, Chelsea have had back-to-back underwhelming performances.
Another uninspiring display
Despite the 3-1 scoreline, the win against Brighton was not as comfortable it sounded; with a penalty, a long-range goal, and a deflected goal helped Chelsea grab their first three points.
Against a much stronger side such as Liverpool, it did not go well, unsurprisingly.
Lampard decided to keep both Mason Mount and Kai Havertz as makeshift wingers given Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech’s injuries.
It was a little bit different against Liverpool, instead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Havertz often became the furthest player on the pitch when Timo Werner drifts wide, while Mateo Kovacic slotted into midfield along with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Werner had another positive game but was missing supports
While Werner who had a few moments where he had a few yards of space to run into looked dangerous, without anyone who could really feed him, apart from few passes from Havertz, he was often forced to dribble past defenders to be in a position to shoot.
The Germany international attempted nine dribbles (five succeeded), more than any other Chelsea player.
Those attempts to catch Liverpool on the break were also the only threats Chelsea really had throughout the game.
Werner’s runs 👏🏻👍🏻
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 20, 2020
The midfield trio of Kovacic, Jorginho, and Kante, lacked the vision and when the fullbacks Marcos Alonso and Reece James are occupied with Liverpool forwards, Chelsea struggled to create anything.
On a positive note, Pulisic and Ziyech’s returns would massively help Chelsea creativity-wise and Werner might finally have those passes into open space behind the defenders he has been missing so far.