Maurizio Sarri’s men were given a reality check on Sunday in a tough London derby against a resurgent West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Blues were forced to a barren draw by the Hammers, although they can count themselves lucky for some misses by Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko.
No thanks too to the likes of Willian, David Luiz, Kante, and Hazard for failing to make it count when opportunities presented themselves.
The business end of the season is here, and the games will start coming in thick and fast.
For a team that also has games in the Europa, which are just a few days to League encounters, they’ll surely face more exertions.
The injuries, hopefully, short-term, to the likes of Pedro and Antonio Rudiger, give credence to this school of thought.
Pellegrini’s men provided a stern test for the Blues on Sunday, so one would imagine what Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will come up with.
Especially after Maurizio Sarri has admitted that his side are a year behind Liverpool, and this appears to be a fact!
Nevertheless, the two games in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League will shed more light.
Chelsea’s performance on the day was worrying as the likes of a well-rested Hazard, Willian, et al, failed to make any notable impact in the game.
One factor that will surely play to Chelsea’s disadvantage before the January transfer window where it can be sorted out with an acquisition is the center forward position.
Chelsea’s strikers are struggling, and that forward position has provided just 1 goal for the Blues in 6 games in all competitions.
This is a sharp contrast to rivals like Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and even Manchester United.
It is key that a club should have a striker that can guarantee at least 15 goals in the League if they are to stand the chance of a place in the top 4 and challenge for the League title.
A 15-goal target is the barest minimum, it should be 20, but looking at Chelsea’s strikers scoring ratio this season, if it is to be taken into cognizance, even 15 goals is an impossibility.
Therefore, it is a major problem for the Blues who now have to rely on the likes of Hazard, Pedro, Willian, and Marcos Alonso. Marcos Alonso! The aforementioned players are yet to established as prolific scorers.
Sarri has his work cut out for him, and his patience with what seems like an out-of-form and unlucky Morata could run out very soon. Regardless, the Blues are still in it.
The coming double-header against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League should throw more light on the team’s strengths as well as any apparent flaws.
We look forward to the cracking encounters.