Rudiger replacement ready? Five things we learned when Chelsea fell short in Manchester


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

with the likes of jules konde other Nicholas Sule Linked with movements to the club, is the replacement already there?

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Premier League Tables

# team parliamentary D P
one manchester city twenty-one 40 53
two chelsea football club twenty-one 29 43
3 Liverpool F.C. twenty 3. 4 42
4 West Ham United twenty-one 12 37
5 FC Arsenal twenty 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 manchester united 19 3 31
8 Brighton and Hove Albion twenty 0 28
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
10 city โ€‹โ€‹of leicester 18 -two 25
eleven crystal Palace twenty-one -one 24
12 Southampton F.C. twenty -6 24
13 Brentford F.C. twenty -6 23
14 Aston-Villa 19 -5 22
fifteen Everton F.C. 18 -9 19
sixteen Leeds United 19 -sixteen 19
17 Watford F.C. 18 -14 13
18 Burnley F.C. 17 -eleven eleven
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 eleven
twenty norwich city twenty -36 10
player team goal
Salah, Muhammad Liverpool F.C. sixteen
Jota, Diogo Liverpool F.C. 10
Vardy, Jamie city โ€‹โ€‹of leicester 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford F.C. 8
Anthony, Mikhail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Christian manchester united 8
Son, Heungmin Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile FC Arsenal 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool F.C. 8
raphinha Leeds United 8
mount, mason chelsea football club 7
Gallagher, Connor crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem manchester city 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo manchester city 7
Mahrez, Riyadh manchester city 6
Saka, Bukayo FC Arsenal 6
DeBruyne, Kevin manchester city 6
Jorge chelsea football club 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6


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