Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has defended his tactics and said not being clinical is why the number of goals has gone down since he came into office.
Obviously, the results are what matters at the end of the day and so far Chelsea have been unbeaten under the new manager.
But it is difficult to argue that Chelsea have not been as fluid in terms of attack as many would have expected, particularly with the plethora of attacking options at their disposal.
Chelsea have scored just eight goals from seven games under Tuchel, including the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.
Tuchel denied the suggestion that his 3-4-3 system might have hindered Chelsea’s attacking potential.
“The structure is never the problem and the structure is never the solution, it is always the input of the players,” he said in his post-match press conference (via Chelsea’s official website).
“The structure is fluid, in different structures you find different spaces.”
The German argued that the statistics from the last games show that Chelsea did not score enough for the number of chances they had.
“It is a lack of precision, not a lack of opportunities,” he added. “It is the quality in decision-making.
“Today in the last 20 metres I did not feel that we could finish the game when it is there to be done. We have to analyse this and it is my job to create more big chances.”
It is fairly unrealistic to expect Tuchel to solve all the problems within less than a month since his appointment.
The new formation has clearly helped Chelsea defensively, having conceded just twice in the last seven games.
Although, it is also understandable some would feel some players like Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, for example, are struggling to make an impact.
But as Tuchel pointed out in his press conference, his job is “to win games and not “to put some expensive [signings] together” on the pitch (HaytersTV).