The system is at fault as Chelsea’s attack falters despite Enzo’s 7 key passes and Palmer’s magic
Chelsea have a creativity and goalscoring problem. That was the case two years ago, it was the case a year ago, and it’s still the case now.
The problem is, we’re running out of things to do about it. The entire attack and midfield has changed since last year – last night we had Enzo Fernandez, Raheem Sterling, Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson all playing. These are all players with good qualities who we’re very positive about overall.
Yet our goals came from a corner and from the team picking off a loose Blackburn pass out of the back.
Enzo played 7 key passes last night, a pretty phenomenal number. Conor Gallagher and Lesley Ugochukwu gave him the platform to do what he liked. Meanwhile Palmer had a good game on the wing too. Yet we still struggled to pull Blackburn apart at all.
The easiest thing to do is blame the striker now – and plenty are doing just that. But perhaps we now need to look beyond the personnel, who have been largely upgraded, to the system, which still isn’t getting the best out of them.