Things are not going so well at the moment for Chelsea as the 2021 Champions League winners suffered their 3rd consecutive loss in the Premier League yesterday to Newcastle United in what was their last game before the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The team’s performance at St. James’ Park was lacklustre to say the least, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to the home side and didn’t have a grip on the game throughout the 90 minutes.
The Chelsea players seem to lack motivation in general and that was visible when they were dominated for the most part in yesterday’s game against the Magpies.
Although notable stars including Sterling and Aubameyang were absent from the squad against Newcastle, the players showed poor coordination and played on the back foot for almost the whole game.
What’s even more concerning with Chelsea is that the performances in recent matches have been in a similar pattern as yesterday.
Moreover, the defeat against Newcastle means that the club has not won a single match in their last five games in all competitions.
Looking at the performance displayed by the West London outfit yesterday, renowned English commentator Peter Drury, who is famous for his iconic poetic style of commentary did not hold back in his comments.
While commentating for NBS Sports, the English commentator made a brutal assessment of Chelsea, which pretty much explains the kind of football Graham Potter’s side is playing at the moment.
As the first half was coming to an end, Drury said in a short yet definitive statement, “Graham Potter’s Chelsea is playing a new kind of pressing football, called ‘Depressing’”. This quote also went viral on Twitter, sparking a discussion amongst the fans.
Although some people may find this assessment from Drury to be rather harsh, it perfectly sums up the current situation the club finds itself in.
One of the major issues with Chelsea is that the manager Graham Potter hasn’t really been decisive when it comes to picking his starting XI.
To put it in perspective, the manager has made 29 changes to his starting team ever since he took the reins of the club from Thomas Tuchel earlier this year.
This constant shuffling and changes to the squad haven’t been particularly helpful for the players as well as the manager.
Despite Potter kicking off his Chelsea campaign brilliantly, going nine games unbeaten, things have taken a turn for the worse in the recent matches.
The Blues currently sit 8th in the Premier League standings, behind Potter’s former club Brighton.
Hopefully, the 47-year-old head coach can sort out some of the issues in the team during the World Cup break and get the club back to its former glory once the PL season resumes back again in December.