Okay, Aston Villa lost 3-0. Did Chelsea deserve to win? Undoubtedly.
Their first goal was out-of-this-world, sheer class from Lukaku. That’s why they bought him. Apart from that, I was shocked at how easy it was to cut through their defence in the first half. We played well, surprisingly well, given it was an unfamiliar system. We could have capitalised on it but didn’t. Good though we were, Ollie was a bit rusty (understandably), Ings was strangely anonymous, and there was nobody else around who looked like scoring from open play.
Second half, Mings’s mistake cost us. If you make those mistakes you don’t deserve to win. The third goal didn’t matter; we left ourselves open while trying to get something out of the match.
All in all, some good signs from us but also stuff we need to work out. We have good players and better squad depth, so the basis is there. So where do we go from here?
First thing, Dean has to ask himself if 3-5-2 is the way to go. I have big doubts. We have wingers who can also score, but in the first half none were on the pitch. Cash and Targett had good games but they don’t score goals, which left us with the two forwards. Not enough and it doesn’t reflect the strengths in attack we have.
Second thing, Dean has some thinking to do about who he wants to play. One of the problems of squad depth! We had more talent on the bench than we’ve had for a long time, and we still have the Emi’s to come back.
So, not a happy loser, but there was enough for us in the match to give some confidence going forwards. But there are also questions about where we go from here, which may take a bit of time to sort out.
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