Chelsea’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace yesterday revealed quite a lot and after Antonio Conte had a sleepless night he no doubt dwelt on what went wrong in South London. First consideration should have been his team selection. With injuries depleting what was already a squad light on numbers, and the games coming thick and fast, squad rotation is everything.
As has been noted many times recently on this site, Gary Cahill and Willian, in particular, are struggling for any sort of form. But it wasn`t just them. In truth, after this loss, it`s more a collective failure of form that triggered this sad demise. As a defender, our captain, probably gets off lighter than Willian, who is on the field to score or create.
Recent years have seen a number of English players at Chelsea picked for the national squad. Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Joe Cole and Gary Cahill have all appeared for their country.
Peter Osgood: 4 caps
Peter Osgood never had the chance to reach his full potential as an international footballer. Playing in the 1960s and 70s in an area of London that personified the ‘swinging sixties’, Ossie – as he was affectionately nicknamed – along with some of his teammates, would have found themselves very much the centre of attention.
Following on from the recent article outlining why Gary Cahill doesn’t deserve to be continually battered on social media, there was to be an article to follow defending Willian. In the words of Michael Jackson, this is it. My argument for not giving our Captain clog, is that during his time at the club, he deserves more respect. There`s no need to ‘hate-on’ our own players.
The same goes for Willian, he may be struggling for form at the moment, but two season’s ago during Jose Mourinho’s ‘annus horribilis’ he was the stand out player by far. I was following today’s game on Twitter, my timeline was filled with ‘Willian’ bile. The guy is out of form, like today’s defeat, it happens.
As Chelsea failed to deliver anything against a powerful Manchester City side this evening, Antonio Conte and his Chelsea side have truly been given a reality check. The Blues were comprehensively outplayed in their own backyard. City bought their own ball and wouldn’t give Chelsea a touch. This was probably a case of one game too many for Chelsea.
It’s easy to pile on the criticism, but following a busy schedule of games through September we could probably have done without the last one being against City. For once, the tedious international break has come at a good time. Chelsea’s next game is in two weeks time when a visit to Crystal Palace, is on the cards. It will hopefully see a return to winning ways.