Chelsea falls short in Manchester
Chelsea headed to Manchester with more hope than expectation, but had to condemn itself to a narrow defeat against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and effectively forfeit any chance of another Premier League title.
O KDB! 😍 pic.twitter.com/WVtYYffFE6
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 15, 2022
A goal from Kevin De Bruyne proved decisive in the contest, and saw Pep Guardiola’s side march to another victory.
101 chose 5 key talking points from the issue.
1. Chelsea need cover at left back
It’s not new news to hear that Chelsea need cover at left-back, but it was nonetheless bolstered when Marcos Alonso had a torrid afternoon against Raheem Sterling.
– talk about SPORTS (@talkSPORTS) January 15, 2022
Booked early in the piece, the Spaniard couldn’t deal with the Manchester City man’s pace and tricks, and only a few poor decisions in the final third meant his inability to deal with Sterling did not lead to more serious consequences.
How Chelsea deal with the situation remains to be seen, as Emerson’s retirement proves difficult. However, to remain competitive in all four competitions, they need coverage, and competent coverage.
2. Title “career” almost done
It was a long shot heading into the game in Manchester, but a win for Chelsea, combined with Liverpool winning their remaining two games, would have cut the deficit to just 5 points and given the Premier League a real run for money. title.
The closest 3-horse title race we’ve had in living memory has quickly turned into something like that. @town man advancing to win by a distance.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) January 15, 2022
Now, however, it seems like a long shot, if not impossible. The result leaves Chelsea 13 points adrift and Liverpool 14 behind, with just 16 games remaining this season.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea can hang on to Liverpool’s coattails.
3. Lukaku’s enigma continues
Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku. A list of names that are two of the best forwards but also don’t quite fit the way their team seems to want to play.
In Chelsea’s case, Lukaku is the most worrying, as the Belgian’s strengths seem to be at odds with what Thomas Tuchel wants his striker to do. And it is that, after the interview granted by the Belgian, it is unlikely that he will have too many supporters at Stamford Bridge.
Once again, I ask why a coach primarily asks Romelu Lukaku to hold the ball for others in a big game.
— 🇬🇭 Carl Anka 🇬🇭 (@Ankaman616) January 15, 2022
However, it’s a conundrum that Chelsea desperately need to solve: five goals for their record signing in the first half of the season just isn’t what they thought they were paying for, and he had almost no influence on the game at the Etihad. this afternoon.
Landing the striker serve should be the number one priority for the Blues as they desperately seek to recapture the imperious form they displayed at the start of the season.
4. Kepa continues to impress
Despite a couple of jittery moments, including a brilliant clearance to his team-mate and a corner kick, Kepa proved a capable substitute for Edouard Mendy at the Etihad.
In the zone! ⛔️
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2022
While he could perhaps have done more to keep De Bruyne out of the distance, it was a competent performance from a goalkeeper that had been dismissed by many both inside and outside Chelsea.
With Mendy out for the rest of the month, is there any chance Kepa can claim to be No.1 under Tuchel again?
5. Rudiger replacement out of the box?
It looks like Antonio Rudiger’s time at Chelsea is coming to an end as the German has just 6 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
But, in Malang Sarr, Chelsea may already have a replacement.
🇫🇷 Malang Sarr in the first 45 minutes against Man City:
🧠 36 taps
👟 23 passes
🎯 2 precise long balls
💪 100% terrestrial duels
🛑 2 tackles
🚀 2 liquidations
✋ 1 interception
Impressive again. 🪨 pic.twitter.com/qQrUhoqdIu
– Mozo Football (@MozoFootball) January 15, 2022
The French defender, signed two seasons ago from Nice, once again impressed defensively and showed that he is more than capable of hanging out with the Premier League greats, fitting into the system with ease.
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