Chelsea played a 2-2 draw with newly promoted Watford on Saturday, it Was Guus Hiddink’s first game in charge and we take a look at the things learnt in the game.
Chelsea defense needs to improve:
The Blues defense were shaky and all over the place against Watford, Odion Ighalo caused problems for Cahill and Terry while Ivanovic struggled to deal with Jurado. The Blues have conceded 29 goals this season with majority of them as a result of defensive mistakes. Should the Blues had faced a more prolific striker on Saturday, they could have been in more trouble. Hiddink will have to work seriously on his defense if he is to get the Blues to winning ways.
Costa can still score goals:
The striker grabbed two goals on Saturday afternoon when he has managed to score just three since the beginning of the season. Although there is still room for improvement in terms of his link up play but the former Atletico forward showed his prolific form on Saturday. He scored a well taken volley for his first and his second goal was reminiscence of his strikes last season. The striker has been linked with a move away from Chelsea but his performance against Watford showed he is one of the best striker in the game should he concentrate on his football.
Fabregas’ time at Chelsea is gradually coming to an end:
The midfielder was bundled out of the pitch at half time and John Mikel Obi replaced him. There was no difference between Fabregas’ first half performance and his performances under Jose Mourinho, he was easily by passed at centre midfield and could not control the game for the Blues, his defensive contribution was zero and didn’t do much to help his team attack, if the Spaniard performances continues to be poor, the Blues may start looking for a new partner for Matic which could spell his end at Chelsea.
New Manager, Same Ol’ Chelsea:
The last season title winning boss was sacked few weeks back after a dismal start to the current campaign which saw the Blues lost 9 of their opening 16 games, however it now looks like the Blues failings have been more of the team’s fault than the manager, although there was a little improvement but majority of the team’s shortcomings under Jose was still obvious against Watford.