Paul Merson says it didn’t look like Chelsea had a plan in their previous game
Paul Merson has claimed it didn’t look like Chelsea had a plan in their last game during the 3-0 win over West Ham, highlighting the fact he doesn’t feel the team are playing well right now.
The Blues weren’t at their scintillating best on Monday night, but ended a two-game losing streak with three points in the Premier League by beating West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham (two) were both on the scoresheet to secure a win for Frank Lampard’s side, albeit they were asked to defend for large spells when they were holding onto a one-goal lead.
Chelsea travel to the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day to face struggling 15th-placed Arsenal, who are 10 spots below the Blues in the league table.
Sky Sports pundit Merson is convinced that Chelsea will have enough to win on Saturday, but has given a harsh criticism of the team after their latest display against West Ham.
“Chelsea won 3-0 against West Ham but if they’d got beaten you wouldn’t have been shocked,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“It just didn’t seem like they had a plan. It looked like 11 very good players had been told to go out and play. It just doesn’t feel like the balance is right there yet.
“You can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win [against Arsenal], and Chelsea aren’t playing great.”
Chelsea weren’t at their fluent best on Monday night, but the result was the most important thing and they won’t always be able to play an expansive kind of style every single match.
The loss of Hakim Ziyech to injury lately hasn’t helped the team aesthetically, as a lot of the creative ideas go through the left-footed playmaker and there has perhaps been a lack of width without him.
It must also be noted that he was without Reece James and lost Ben Chilwell early into the contest with an injury, which is why it was a gritty Blues performance that did perhaps lack a spark