|The West Brom, 929, Walsall Road, Birmingham, West Midlands Combined Authority, England, B42 1TN, United Kingdom|
|Date||Time||League||Season||Time Zone||Full Time|
|September 26, 2020||5:30 pm||English Premier League||2020/21 Season||SAT 5:30PM (GMT+1)||90'|
Post Match report
Chelsea were held to a 3-3 draw or should I say West Brom were held to a 3-3 draw because we were actually the team fortunate enough to leave with a point.
West Brom actually produced a shocker on us in the opening minutes of the first half scoring three goals in less that 30 minutes of play. They were so good in capitalizing on the errors Chelsea made, typically in the first and second goal.
Chelsea created some chances and try to pull one back before half time but West Brom stood strong and even with a 28% ball possession in that first half, they didn’t concede any single goal.
After going three goals down at the break, we expected some changes obviously from Lampard and he was spot on in that aspect. The boss added intensity to Chelsea’s attack by bringing on Callum Hudson Odoi and Azpilcueta into the game.
with the new legs in the second half, Chelsea looked much more threatening in attack and we were able to pull one back early through Mason Mount’s wonderful strike which raised the spirit of the whole Chelsea side.
Few minutes later it was 3-2 through Callum and at that time, we knew at least one more would come, then Lampard brought in Giroud and we were actually playing with three strikers on the pitch. It paid off tho as Tammy Abraham scored was the one who scored late in added time to complete the comeback.
It was obviously not how we Chelsea fans planned or expected it to turn out but it was thrilling match to watch and to see the boys fight with such character for a comeback is amazing.
A draw with West Brom is not exactly what anyone her wanted be we have to admit that as they were negatives in this match, also, there are lots of positives and major talking points to get excited about.
Let’s look at the major talking points, positives and negatives from the match below
1. Lampard’s error (Starting Lineup): I don’t know about you but I wasn’t entirely happy with Lampard’s choices in the starting lineup, particularly with the fact that he kept Callum Hudson Odoi and Zouma out.
I thought by now it was obvious to him that forcing others to players who are better in other positions to play from the wing while you have a natural winger in the talent if Hudson Odoi fit and ready isn’t really a smart idea.
Odoi might not be at his best currently but he will definitely perform better than either Mount, Werner or Havertz while playing from the wing because that’s what he is, ‘a winger’ while those other players are better at other roles.
The reason he decided to start Callum from the bench, I can’t still fathom but I’m excited he’s showed Lampard clearly through his performance in the second half that he was wrong for doing that.
The aspect of Zouma is just ridiculous. The French defender has without doubt proven to be our best defender currently in recent games and very effective dealing with our set piece problem but Lampard for some reasons I can’t explain decided to leave him out of the squad for Christensen who is just coming back from suspension or Thiago Silva who he claims to not be fully fit.
Zouma may not be the best on the ball but off the ball, “he is a beast”, he wins 90% of the aerial ball he contests and as a marker, he never let’s his dribbler past him. He also posseses the speed that most of our defenders doesn’t have to close down loosed opposition and attempt a last ditch tackle.
I see no reason for leaving him out of the squad especially now that he is on great form.
2. Thiago Silva’s Position: Most persons haven’t notice but I have. The position Thiago Silva is currently playing for Chelsea is slightly different from where he played at PSG.
Silva played the left side of the center defense against Barnsley and West Brom but the 36 years old often played at the right side in PSG beside Kimpepe or formerly David Luiz.
I know many mights see this to be insignificant but it isn’t. When you play at a particular position for long, your reflexes gets used to that position especially the foot you use to trap incoming balls, the position you face or stay to receive passes, etc.
This is not a way to justify Silva’s error. There isn’t justification for that. He messed up big time but I thought it was worth pointing out and I hope the training staffs or Lampard would notice and correct that.
3. Second half midfield combination: In the second half, Chelsea went out with full force, no restraining, leaving Kante to do all the dirty work. It was amazing to watch and worth pointing out.
Lampard chose an attacking 4-3-3 in the start of the second half. The midfield combination specifically Kante, Mount and Havertz. Kante played as sole DM for the first time in a long time while Mount and Havertz played at Left and Right attacking midfielders respectively.
Kante’s presence and freedom in the defensive midfield role gave Havertz and Mount the liberty to both play as they wanted, going and pressing forward at will without the need to drop back often and it was really fascinating to watch. Lampard should try that again sometime.
4. Lampard’s second half masterclass: Lampard may make many bad choices in games but he hardly makes the wrong choices in terms of substitutions and he showed how good he can be again with his substitutes in this match once again.
Lampard didn’t just make player change during the match but he switched tactics and formation as he makes the change and that with the character of the players was what got us a point.
Lampard actually started with a 4-2-3-1 in the first half and switched to a plain attacking 4-3-3 when he introduced Azpilcueta and Odoi at the start of the second half. He performed another tactical change later in the game when it was already 3-2 to ensure we keep the pressure on West Brom and force a goal and it actually worked. He used three strikers at that point, playing Tammy Abraham from the Right wing, Timo Werner from left wing and Hudson Odoi at Left wing back.
It was unbelievable and absurd but it worked so who cares right, the end actually justify the means most times in football so we just have to applaud the man for a job well done in the second half.
5. VAR: At the dying minutes of the game, Chelsea managed to equalized through Tammy Abraham but from the process leading to the goal, Havertz alledgedly handled the ball and Tammy’s goal was reviewed by VAR for possible handball but unfortunately for West Brom, the goal stood but it raised eyebrows of opposition fans who claims the goal shouldn’t have stood. See picture of Havertz and the position of the ball as it hits his body below
Positives from the match
1. Hudson Odoi: It was really great to see Hudson Odoi lively and like his former self again. He was ready to take on his marker with confidence and always looked to want to push the attack for Chelsea.
He Got a lovely goal with a superb finish to cap his fine performance and add pressure on West Brom.
See Callum Hudson Odoi stats in the game below:
28 passes in the final third
5 passes in box
5 touches in box
2 key passes
1/1 dribble completed
Hudson Odoi has been linked heavily with a loan move away this summer because of lack of game time but hopefully with this performance Lampard will hand him more game minutes and he could stay.
2. Mason Mount: Mason has really proven to be effective irrelevant of the position he is played. His work rate in that attack is second to none while his eye for goal and his swiftness to take a shot is just amazing.
He had a great second half playing as an attacking midfielder with Kai Havertz while his goal was the major boost for the comeback.
Mason Mount stats vs West Brom (A)
3. Tammy Abraham: Tammy proved once again that he can still be relied upon upfront. After a beautiful performance against Barnsley, the English midfielder was given another chance and he ensured he made his mark by scoring the third goal for Chelsea at injury time to secure a point.
His instinct for always being at the right place at the right time is unbelievable these days and the fact that he always finds a way to score during games is just satisfying.
Fun fact: ⚽ Tammy Abraham (aged 22 years, 360 days) is the youngest player to reach 20 goals in all competitions for Chelsea since Oscar (22 years, 118 days) in January 2014
Now we can be confident that there’s someone who we can rely on even when Wener isn’t available.
4. Kai Havertz: Kai may not have been one of the best in the pitch against West Brom, but we can’t overlook the fact that he looked much more lively and involved in the game than his first two Premier League games.
He is already getting the numbers as he recorded a brilliant assist for Odoi’s goal and his adaptation to the Premier League and improvement looks to be coming up effectively.
5. Character: If there’s anything worth being excited for yesterday, it is the character and belief the boys showed in the second half. It was unbelievable and such thing should be applauded.
Fun fact: Chelsea have become the first Premier League team since West Ham in February 2011 to avoid defeat after trailing by 3+ goals at half-time, a game which was also against West Brom at the Hawthorns, and ended 3-3. Character.
It is never easy to comeback from two goals at halftime to draw but the boys did it with three goals down. It shows the passion they have for the game and the badge and that is always the spirit of future champions.
1. Keeper: Caballero was awful in the first half and at this point, I no longer trust either him or Kepa and I am sure many of us don’t also so, our hope actually lies on untested Mendy and even if Mendy turns out to be brilliant, it will be a shame that we won’t have a reliable back up for him.
2. Defensive error: Three defensive errors caused us three goals in the first half, giving the team unnecessary mountain to climb in the second half.
At this point we shouldn’t be makibg such defensive errors and for the fact that the one player we bought to try and avoid that this season was the one at the heart of it against yesterday is just disheartening.
3. Alonso: Before the season started we all knew none of our left backs were reliable, that’s why the club fought so hard to get a new left back.
Now we just need him to get to the team because honestly I’m not sure what Alonso is up to next if he plays another game for Chelsea as a left back.
4. Werner: Timo has been incredible in all his games for us so far but for the fact that he hasn’t been able to find a goal yet is becoming disturbing for me and I know it is for him also.
He was played as a winger in this match but didn’t really put much threat on West Brom defense as I would have wanted for a player of his calibre. Let’s hope we see more from him in the future and hopefully some goals to back up that incredible work ethic of his.
5. Kante: It pains me to say but Kante’s first half performance was awful. When on the ball, he gave it away too easily with misplaced passes and untimed dribbles. Attacking wise he was also not offering much and was always passing the ball sideways.
He became much like himself in the second half when Lampard relieved him from the duty of going forward and played him as a sole defensive midfielder but still he is far from the Kante we once knew back in the Conte era.
Sarri actually re-wired that lad and sadly it isn’t for the better anymore.
Lampard need to stop changing his position periodically and allow him to adapt back to his former style of play.
Without much time to reflect, Chelsea immediately take on London rivals on Tuesday in the Carabao round of 16
See more of Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures in the page link below
So Blue fans, that was an hell of a match right?
What are you thoughts on it?
What do you think about Odoi’s performance, Silva’s error, our defense at large, the VAR situation etc?
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