'I’m a bit worried': Lebouef saw something from Chelsea yesterday that could be an issue

Frank Leboeuf expressed his concerns on ESPN FC about Chelsea’s lack of creativity and how it might harm them in the Champions League second leg versus Atletico Madrid.

Olivier Giroud’s spectacular second half effort was enough to see of the La Liga leaders in a game of very few chances.

This was mainly due to the Blues defensive organisation and resilience.

They extinguished almost all of Madrid’s attacks and denied them a single shot on target all evening.

There were perhaps only two negatives to take from Chelsea’s massive European victory.

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Mason Mount picked up a yellow card within the first minute of the match, meaning he would miss the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.

The other downside was that Chelsea themselves didn’t create too themselves, which has been an issue since Thomas Tuchel took over.

Leboeuf reiterated this point and thought it might come back to bite the Blues.

“As always, there’s question marks over what they are going to do in the last 30 yards,” said the former Chelsea defender.

“I tried to analyse why they don’t create more chances. It’s because most of the time, the four players who have the ball are (Cesar) Azpilicueta, Jorginho, (Mateo) Kovacic and Marcos Alonso.

“They never take on players, maybe Kovacic did once in the second half.

“They give the ball away five yards from the opponent. They don’t move or create an unbalanced moment for the opponents.

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“It’s why they don’t create anything. And it’s why I’m a bit worried for the second leg.

“Mount won’t be there for the second leg. Which is going to be a problem.

“The only one who can create something right now for Chelsea, except something exceptional from Giroud, is Mount.”

It is true that Chelsea are yet to discover their fluency going forward.

A 2-0 win over Burnley was their largest margin of victory under Tuchel.

His highest scorers so far have been Giroud, Mount and Jorginho, all scoring two goals respectively.

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This hasn’t been a major problem so far because of how resolute they’ve been in defence.

However, Chelsea’s next four fixtures include Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds United.

All four should offer a greater threat and perhaps simply being good at defending won’t be enough.

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I do agree with Lebouef about Chelsea’s lack of ingenuity in the final third.

Yet, if you look at the teams we’ve played so far, pretty much all of them have sat back and made it difficult for the Blues to breakthrough.

The likes of Liverpool and especially Leeds will come at Chelsea, leaving more opportunities to create chances.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.