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Five things that went wrong at Goodison Park

The trip to Goodison Park Saturday afternoon was a show that highlighted many problems Chelsea need to deal with in the future. After the ...

The trip to Goodison Park Saturday afternoon was a show that highlighted many problems Chelsea need to deal with in the future. After the match, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said:

"This is the Premier League. We went to City, played pretty well, lost the game. But then the two games since then have shown us where we need to do better. We have played two teams who have been having a tough time, and we have allowed the games to go away from us for different reasons, and they will be big lessons for us."

Different teams provide different problems, Everton, under caretaker manager, Everton brought the problems together as they ultimately highlighted all Chelsea's shortcomings in one match. We have seen them before, but not in that magnitude.

Here are five things that Everton showed us:

(1) Chelsea defence has been living on borrowed time: It seems that pairing Zouma and Christensen together means inviting trouble. The pair doesn't do well together for many reasons. They lack communication and understanding of each others game. Zouma's best position is on the right not left, but playing Christensen means Zouma moves to the left where he is less comfortable. At Goodison Park, the mix up between the pair was comical.

(2) Kepa is making too many mistakes:
One of Kepa's game feature is his confidence, but that has become his worst enemy in recent weeks. Everton's third goal was one of those moments where he didn't play with caution expected from him.

(3) Chelsea urgently need a left-back:
One of the biggest headaches Frank Lampard has encountered this season is picking a left-back for the games. Emerson started very well before getting injured and didn't come back the same. Alonso produced Chelsea worst left back performance of the season and was dropped. Lampard tried Azpilicueta but with mixed results. January is open for business, but Chelsea's number one target is Leicester City's Chilwell but it almost impossible to complete this deal in January. Another option is Youcef Atal of OGC Nice who is a very versatile player that can effectively play in both full backs positions. But it's an urgent matter at the moment.

(4) Missing Jorginho:
After a very poor outing against West Ham, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard dropped visibly tired Jorginho from Chelsea's first eleven for the games against Aston Villa and Everton. His absence was heavily felt, as Chelsea could not effectively build from the back or pass through the middle or break lines from the top, which are things you expect Jorginho to offer on the pitch. In my opinion, Jorginho is the most important midfielder at Chelsea, we missed him more than we missed Kante (when he was injured). And Kovacic plays better with Jorginho. He needs to return against Lille if Chelsea are to progress to the knock out round.

(5) Chelsea are not clinical in attack:
Chelsea created many chances against Everton especially in the first half, but were guilty of taking too many touches and ultimately forgot to shoot when they should as highlighted by Frank Lampard after the match: "It’s as if we didn’t want to shoot at times. We're dribbling and passing around the box, when I want to see us get a shot off. We've to do more than what we did today. We dominated possession, but we were playing a team who were playing with that extra bounce for Duncan".

It was as if he was talking about Willian, who was arguably the most passive attacker at Goodison Park.

Conclusion: I think Frank Lampard and his staff have done well considering the circumstances. They have given Chelsea hope which was not there last summer. But it's time to go back to what was working before. Bring back Tomori and Jorginho, play Emerson at left-back. Possibly try Hudson-Odoi on the left, move Pulisic to the right. We still have a good squad, but we must be ready for more challenges to come. 

Written by: Vince (@blue_footy)

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