Chelsea may well be the ‘champions elect, but the draw at Sunderland was a little worrying. The Blues huffed and puffed against the North East side, but could not overcome Gus Poyet’s well-drilled game plan to soak up the pressure. It may be premature to say the wheels are coming off, but there are a few signs that Chelsea may not yet have their name engraved on the Premier League trophy, and here are three reasons why…
With over a third of Chelsea’s goals having come through Diego Costa – who has been injured on a few occasions – it’s fair to say that the Spaniard is the Blues’ key man. But with the forward off his best against Sunderland, the vital effort the Londoners needed was not forthcoming. While there are more talented players in Jose’s squad, Costa is the guy to hold it all together.
The showing against Sunderland was reminiscent of Chelsea last season. The Blues dominated the 90 minutes, but could not break down a strong defensive unit, intent on holding a clean sheet. Mou will need to nip this problem in the bud.
This feels so last season. #CFC
— Jayanth (@massiveflux) November 29, 2014
Why are we playing like we did last season? #CFC
— Connor Orchard (@ConnorOrchard) November 29, 2014
Starting to get flashbacks from last season #CFC
— Conor (@ConorW95) November 29, 2014
With 13 games down, there’s just under two thirds of the season to go. Manchester City may be able to reel in their London rivals before long as well, with a few poor results having the potential to cause a major slump.
Southampton beat Sunderland 8-0. We can’t even score 1. Let’s just sign them over the title now? #CFC
— Joe (@JoeKarizma) November 29, 2014
— its hammer time© (@DeclanHarris44) November 29, 2014