Chelsea continued their unbeaten run in the ongoing season with a hard-fought win over Hungarian side Mol Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday.
However, it was not Chelsea’s best game and could easily pass for the worst performance under Maurizio Sarri this season.
The Hungarians came prepared and also created some chances of their own. However, Sarri’s shock decision to start Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of Willy Caballero paid off eventually.
The Spanish shot-stopper was top-notch in his distribution of the ball and also made some key saves on the night to put Chelsea in pole position for all three points.
Regardless, Chelsea yet again failed to put a Europa League opponent to the sword convincingly.
It can be recalled that the Blues managed to put just 1 past PAOK Saloniki, and now have just 2 goals in 2 games although they lead the group.
Chelsea’s forward line was average at best in the game and Morata who looked out of sorts and appeared frustrated on the night scored the goal for the Blues. This was after he had missed some good chances to score.
Hopefully, the goal from the Spaniard helps his confidence because Chelsea need goals from their forward men to stay in contention for any significant achievement this season.
Chelsea were very wasteful and failed to take chances on the night. They must be thankful to Kepa Arrizabalaga who spared their blushes with some key saves as he stood his ground to emerge with a clean sheet.
It was mostly all possession and very little notable penetration. The Blues also looked out of sorts without Hazard, and Sarri has his work cut out to get them playing well without the Belgian.
Chelsea will now travel to face Southampton who will definitely be taking a cue from Videoton on Sunday.
Hopefully, the Blues garner all 3 points from this tricky Premier League encounter before the international break.