Former Blues analyze Chelsea’s team dynamics, emphasizing the importance of know-how and understanding among teammates
One former Chelsea player has dissected the issues on the pitch right now, especially during the Middlesbrough defeat.
It’s an interesting analysis even more so because it is coming from a former player who is now also a coach himself.
Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink was actually a pundit for Sky Sports covering the game on Tuesday night, and he watched Chelsea lose 1-0 to midtable Championship opposition in the first leg of the League Cup semi final. The Blues were SO poor, despite any claims on the contrary.
Many people have solely put that down to the manager, others have put it down to missed chances and the players. But I think what Hasselbaink is saying below holds a lot of truths to it.
As reported on X, Hasselbaink says: “I felt there was a plan [from Chelsea] but they needed to do more to break the lines. There needed to be unselfish runs to open the space up. You need to not put crosses in if you only have Raheem Sterling in the box. It’s about know-how and understanding your team-mates. It didn’t happen enough with Chelsea. It was slow, it was laboured and there were too many turnovers for Boro to have joy. And that’s why they were dangerous. It all starts with the right mentality. It starts with the right mindset. They didn’t put the opposition on the backfoot and they weren’t playing in the right areas.”
I’m not so sure if there was an actual plan at all, but the rest of what he has said here is pretty spot on in my opinion.
Chelsea were slow and had no ideas in attack – it was yet again another frustrating one to watch for Blues fans, and Blues pundits!