After a first win of the season against Norwich City last weekend, Frank Lampard and co will have had their eyes on another three points at home against Sheffield United. At half-time, they led 2-0 and looked well on their way to a second successive victory, but they left themselves down after the break and could only secure a 2-2 draw.
Chelsea had the majority of the ball and more chances but were unable to finish the game off, and that allowed the Blades to get themselves back into the match. Whilst the defensive performance will no doubt be scrutinised, a lack of efficiency going forward contributed equally to the Blues’ downfall.
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Since joining up with the squad this summer following his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, Christian Pulisic has not necessarily been poor. He’s grabbed two assists so far, after all, and has shown in flashes what he is capable of. Having said that, his manager and his team need more from him.
On Saturday, he was far too passive. Playing on the right wing, he failed to provide a single cross and mustered up just one shot. He also created zero chances, which is not good enough for someone playing in such an offensive position.
Once again, there were signs of what he brings. His four dribbles were matched only by the opposition’s Enda Stevens, which shows that he at least has the confidence to take on his man. However, that was undermined by the four times he was caught in possession, which was also a game high.
At just 20 years of age and less than five Premier League games into his career with the Blues, a certain amount of patience is required. Everyone needs time to adapt to the pace and intensity of English football. The problem for the USA international, though, is the competition he faces to keep his spot. Willian is back in the fold after returning from injury, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi is on the road back to full fitness. Watching performances like this, both will fancy their chances of making it into the first team after the international break.