It’s becoming far too frustrating watching Chelsea games once again, and there are many issues that need addressing fast.
Frank Lampard has often got his side playing some good and exciting football, but unfortunately this is just not happening enough right now.
The new signings will of course help improve this a lot once they are all settled in and fully firing.
But there are still some age old decisions that need to change entirely if this team wants to move forward. One of those is the use of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic playing in a double pivot together.
I’ve historically said that Jorginho for a start always performs better as a deep lying playmaker by himself. The deepest midfielder receiving the ball and playing out from the back. He’s great at it. But unfortunately Chelsea do not play with that style and he has therefore become surplus to requirements.
Kovacic is a great midfielder and one of the best press-resistant players around. Not many can receive the ball in tight spaces like he does and dribble past two or three players out of danger turning it into a positive position.
However, like Jorginho, his limitations are hard to ignore. His passing and ball play can often be too safe, and I do not want to see this pair playing in a double pivot again playing their 1 yard passes between themselves not moving forward with the ball or creating anything attacking wise – it’s too wasteful.
Last night against Tottenham proved this. Chelsea were all over Spurs and had the large share of possession in the first half, but they failed to really do anything with it. They should have smelt blood and gone for the kill but instead they just kept hold of the ball for too long in deep positions and didn’t even try and penetrate.
Not only this, the pair are not strong enough defensively and get passed and dribbled through far too easily.
Jorginho and Kovacic have been dribbled past 3 times each, a very high tally for midfielders.
Add in their safe passing tonight and it's fair to say they've both been poor. Rapid changes needed.
— ExpectedChelsea (@ExpectedChelsea) September 29, 2020
They ended up ruing missed opportunities and lost the game on penalties.