Sarriball off colour? Three talking points before Chelsea’s crunch game against the Champions

Chelsea suffered a shock defeat against Wolverhampton during the midweek clash.


Last night after a thunderous strike from Ruben Loftus Cheek put Chelsea on course for another routine victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the half hour mark. But, little did anybody wonder that Wolves would bounce back after halftime. They used their new signings to the fullest and staged a surprise by beating former champions in their biggest victory of the season so far.

As for Chelsea who went 12 games unbeaten in the league and even a couple of matchdays back were the only unbeaten club in Europe, suddenly find themselves losing 2 out of 3 premier league games out of nowhere. It’s too early to call this a poor run of results since they have just blown away Fulham and PAOK in between these results. But, what can be the problems and taking points that one can gather after watching Chelsea’s match last night especially when they are about to be facing the current champions and juggernaut Manchester City this weekend. As for Wolves their season is definitely back on track after this season defining moment.

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Talking points:

Is this result a wake up call for Chelsea?

According to Sarri who heavily criticised his players and felt they were over confident going into this midweek clash against newly promoted Wolves. It may have dampened their spirits a bit but it’s a sign that better things will come from them in the coming weeks where they can show a bit more reaction. Many of the pundits and bookmakers didn’t gave them a chance following the departure of Antonio Conte. However, probably after beating Arsenal and Liverpool and drawing with Manchester United during the first phase of the season, they took things too much for granted.

New players are needed in the team:

Surely Chelsea needs a new striker and needs to solve the Eden Hazard transfer drama. Ever since the ftransfer window started, the drama surrounding the Chelsea winger has been maximum. Many, including him, suggested that his heart is at Real madrid, the move he wanted ever since he was a child. Many thought that this constant speculation of him moving to Real would hamper his performance but he started the season with a bang and even two weeks ago was the top scorer of the league. But with the winter transfer window approaching, all the top newspapers have started linking him with his ‘dream’ move again.

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On the other hand, with a slight niggle in his ankle, Hazard has lost his touch a bit and have not scored for the last 3-4 gameweeks. Add to that the inconsistent form of both the strikers, Chelsea have been depending on various sources to score their goals now a days. Certainly they would need to replace Morata in the transfer window and get a goal-ladden forward. The Spaniard has been looking out of sort and missing easy chances from point-blank range for both club and country. This is not expected from your club’s record striker signing. And Giroud is more of a cameo player and impact player who is good coming off the bench but certainly not a regular starter.

Sarriball looking slightly off colour?

Nobody would criticise Sarri as what he has achieved within this short span of time will be termed by many as over-achievement. In the beginning of the season with Eden Hazard in sublime form and Jorginho, the focal point of Sarriball, being a relatively unknown product, Premier League teams were finding it tough to crack down their tactics.

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However, recently hazard showed that he is more human whereas Jorginho, Kante, Barkley and Kovacic lacked that cutting edge in the middle. Naturally, teams are now getting hold of the famous Sarriball game-plan which is still way off from perfection which was at Naples and a work in progress at the Bridge. For that Chelsea need to make at-least two attacking minded midfielders. During the summer they bought 4 players out of which 2 were goalkeepers. Most of the squad members especially the midfielders are the defensive-minded remains of Conte and Mourinho era who lack the cutting edge and attacking flair.

In short it was fun match to watch from as neutral perspective that certainly turned Wolves’ season right on track and at the same time showed some creases in Chelsea’s dress which needs to be ironed out at the transfer market.