Thomas Tuchel must fix known Chelsea troubles to keep title hopes afloat as Man City threatens to pull out

Thomas Tuchel must fix known Chelsea troubles to keep title hopes afloat as Man City threatens to pull out.

GB About: Chelsea Publish: 12/20/2021 Edit: 12/20/2021 Author: Gardener


Thomas TuchelIn the defense of Thomas Tuchel, he always dismissed Chelsea as favorites for the title. While Chelsea fought a goalless draw at Wolves, Manchester City extended a six-point lead over the European champions, who just a month ago briefly had a similar lead at the top of the Premier League. There were so many extenuating factors related to yesterday's game that it's easy to forget that the end result went with form. It was Chelsea's third draw in their last four games - and the fifth time they haven't won their last eight games in the league. Whatever the legitimacy of their argument to postpone the game - which is up for debate - it prolonged a slump that is at risk of losing sight of Pep Guardiola's champions. Chelsea, on the other hand, look like a team that forgot how to win. In connection with the fact that six players tested positive for Covid, a draw at Wolves could be described as a point won. In its current form, it was business as usual - and business is not doing well right now. History dictates that City will not allow any dominant positions in the table. While six points are certainly not an insurmountable head start before Christmas, they represent a huge void for Chelsea - especially at a time when they consider their most fragile under Tuchel's reign. A streak of eight straight wins for City is the kind of relentless sequence that crushes the minds of their rivals. It's the kind of form that puts any Chelsea - or runner-up Liverpool - game at risk. Chelsea's position has been uncomfortable enough without a Covid outbreak. But the loss of so many key players at a time when Tuchel needs all the help he can get only compounded their problems. While the German was able to name a starting eleven of top-class talent at Molineux, he was robbed of the game changers necessary to defeat such close competitions. As a result, they only scored a single shot on goal from Christian Pulisic, who should have gone into the net in the second half in the duel with Jose Sa. Had the chance fallen on one of Chelsea's recognized strikers, would it have been a different story? Or maybe not - which makes it so difficult to evaluate this game in isolation. With a fully available squad, Chelsea are perfectly capable of squandering such opportunities - as was the case in the current crisis. Tuchel was honest enough to admit that: “The problem is not the points we lost today. “The points that hurt are the ones we lost at home to Man United, Burnley and Everton. Those are the six points that hurt and not today. ”It's a case now where Chelsea is going from here. They didn't want this game to take place - and the very real possibility of more Covid cases could soon ensure the Premier League can't ignore further requests. While football may need a breaker, it looks like Chelsea could personally benefit from a reset. They have been evident since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last month - but Tuchel was unable to arrest them. Instead, the same mistakes were repeated on almost every point lost - be it defensively fragile or wasteful in attack. If there was anything to encourage yesterday, it was the determination of his team in difficult circumstances. After looking like they felt sorry for themselves in the first half, they took control in the second - even if it rarely looked like they were going to find a winner. It also ended a six-game streak without conceding a goal. Ultimately, however, the point was that City lost further ground in a race for the title they might soon miss.


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