Chelsea drew 1-1 against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon in what was meant to be a joyous occasion, welcoming Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea can count themselves lucky that they came away without a defeat in the end, with Leicester having the better of the second half.
Lampard will have limited positives to draw from the match, despite his side playing very well in the first 15 minutes.
The Blues had good chances to be 3-0 up inside the first quarter of the match, and the story could have very different.
But the draw seemed to hurt more than losing to Manchester United and Liverpool. Purely because our performance was lacklustre and many players under-performed.
Without looking to clutch at excuses, the Chelsea players were very tired after a busy match with extra time against Liverpool in mid-week, and it really showed.
We play with intensity and press high, there might need to be more of a balance looked at here when we play big mid-week matches and fatigue is low, or perhaps more rotation. But that balance will come.
However, we need not worry. I’ts just our SECOND game of the season. But already I see panic and over reactions.
Yes there are a number of players in this squad that aren’t a lot more than average squad fillers, but we’ve known that for some time. No coach is going to come in and work miracles here, I said the same with Maurizio Sarri.
We lack a top striker, and although Emerson is the exception, we currently lack top full backs. These are two key areas that need to be top quality in a high pressing, high intensity team.
Did anyone really expect Chelsea to be up there challenging with Liverpool and Manchester City? It will be a big enough challenge for us to hit top 4.
But we WILL grow, we will get better, and we just need that first win to create momentum to match the buzz around the place that Lampard has bought back in.
We have key players to come back in, many of those are the more creative players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but also leaders like Antonio Rudiger, and Reece James.
It’s certainly way too early to start panicking, and we can just look at our performances against two top 6 sides in United and Liverpool already this season to know that we are going to compete.