With an FA Cup and Champions League final on the horizon for Chelsea. It’s difficult to find flaws in the squad. The Blues have been more of an unstoppable force since Thomas Tuchel in January. Chelsea has allowed 12 goals and lost three games in his 26 games as manager. Except for a few blunders, the unit has been faultless defensively.
However, Tuchel’s team’s latest defeat to Arsenal exposed some obvious flaws. He has taken charge of 17 Premier League games during which Chelsea has netted 22 goals. A total equaled only by Burnley and Newcastle. Mason Mount has been the team’s highest goalscorer during this period. With four goals, one less than West Brom has scored at Stamford Bridge this season.
Despite the club’s offensive prowess, they miss a groundbreaking. As a team, you can see the advantages that each player brings to the field. Werner, for example, has only scored twice in the league under Tuchel, but he is a regular challenge for the ball in behind, which provides room and opportunities for others. Unfortunately, his goal-scoring ability has been dismal, and he is one of the league leaders with major opportunities missing this season.
It’s been the story of Chelsea‘s season, with players squandering simple opportunities after fantastic build-up action. Havertz recently squandered a straightforward opportunity to take the lead against Arsenal. He shot over the bar in a one-on-one situation, ultimately costing Chelsea the game.
While Arsenal took the lead comically, Chelsea squandered chance after chance, though barely troubling Bernd Leno. It was a defeat that has put pressure on the teams below, who are vying for a top-four slot.
Chelsea seems to be the favorites to challenge Manchester City for the league title next season, but goals win football games, and they’ll need to compete. Tuchel’s Chelsea has failed to score in five games this season, while Manchester City has failed to score in all but three.
One possibility will be to dabble in the transfer market, with Erling Haaland rumored to be on the club’s radar. They could also target former player Romelu Lukaku and take advantage of Inter Milan’s current financial difficulties.
Alternatively, the manager might strive for continuity in his squad selection, with one of his attacking players securing a key spot. Havertz, with all his talent in recent weeks, is not a forward, and while Werner has looked inept in front of goal this season, he has proven over his career that he can be a clinical goalscorer. Being pushed to the left side of the attack has restricted his chances in front of the goal, causing Mason Mount to take more shots in the league so far.