Teamwork makes the dream work

Chelsea kids the lone shiny spot in loss to Man Utd

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MANCHESTER, England — What occurs while you spend virtually £600 million on new gamers to bolster a squad that gained the Champions League lower than two years in the past? It isn’t a trick query, nevertheless it feels prefer it everytime you see Chelsea play.

For homeowners Clearlake Capital and Todd Boehly, their high-profile public face, 12 months one in all their Chelsea challenge has been like a magical phantasm gone fallacious. Huge funding is meant to result in a giant return, however with the membership underneath their third supervisor of the season and a bottom-half end within the Premier League now confirmed, everybody linked with Chelsea has lengthy since given up ready for a rabbit to pulled out of the hat.

“You are nothing particular, we lose each week,” chanted the Chelsea followers as their group slid to a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United on Thursday.

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They weren’t far fallacious, with this being Chelsea’s sixteenth lack of the league season and their eighth in 10 video games since Frank Lampard was appointed caretaker supervisor in March. The Chelsea followers nonetheless sang Lampard’s title on the finish, regardless of one more defeat, however their backing of the supervisor hinted at a dissatisfaction on the gamers.

And when requested whether or not the gamers have been adequate for Chelsea, Lampard did not disguise his true emotions.

“It is a query you ask a high participant on the high stage over a interval of unhealthy type and it is answered by how they work and put together. If I am sincere, that is been manifestly quick as a collective.

“Coming in throughout this quick interval, you’ll be able to see when a bunch is coaching and pushing collectively, good issues come. However for the time being, that momentum just isn’t there. You possibly can see some shortcomings.

“I do not need to throw a blanket as a result of some did nicely tonight and can get higher.

“There may be expertise within the squad, however this was one other actuality day in the present day. Take a look at United’s high quality up-front, their nous on the again. It’ll take work for us to appropriate that.”

Subsequent Monday will mark the second anniversary of Chelsea’s Champions League last win in opposition to Manchester Metropolis in Porto. Kai Havertz‘s purpose secured the membership’s second European Cup and Thomas Tuchel’s younger group regarded set for a profitable interval forward. However two years on, Tuchel is a distant reminiscence as coach — Graham Potter has since been and gone, with Lampard holding the fort as caretaker boss till Mauricio Pochettino is confirmed as the brand new supervisor.

Roman Abramovich has additionally gone, with the Russian oligarch compelled to promote the membership in wake of sanctions imposed by the UK authorities following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The overwhelming majority of the Champions League profitable group are nonetheless at Stamford Bridge, although. Eight of the gamers who began in Porto stay on the membership, though solely Havertz began Thursday’s sport at Previous Trafford.

Fingers have understandably been pointed on the new homeowners for Chelsea’s nosedive this season. Sacking managers and signing too many gamers have been their greatest errors, however when a group goes from being champions of Europe — and the world — in 2021 to 1 that’s now twelfth within the Premier League in 2023, the gamers need to shoulder a lot of the blame.

At Previous Trafford, except for a short first-half interval after they loved the vast majority of possession, Chelsea have been woeful and United might have scored eight, with Bruno Fernandes and Alejandro Garnacho hitting the crossbar and Scott McTominay and Casemiro going near scoring within the latter phases.

Second-half substitutes Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic carried out so half-heartedly it was apparent that they have been merely operating the clock down on their Chelsea careers earlier than heading for the exit door this summer time. It can in all probability be a stampede of wantaway stars. With such a bloated squad, Chelsea must offload as many as ten gamers to make sure Pochettino can work with a manageable squad.

Lampard may even be transferring on, however his leaving current for his successor might have been his group for this sport, which noticed Chelsea area their youngest-ever beginning line-up within the Premier League with a mean age of 23 years and 238 days. Their earlier file, in opposition to Crystal Palace in Nov. 2019, noticed them area a mean age of 24 years and 88 days. Kids similar to Carney Chukwuemeka (19), Lewis Corridor (18) and Noni Madueke (21) got an opportunity to realize expertise and show their price, alongside three 22-year-olds and two 23-year-olds.

In the end, Lampard’s group of relative novices was blown away by a United aspect that sealed Champions League qualification with targets from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and a Bruno Fernandes penalty. Joao Felix’s late purpose for Chelsea may function his parting present following his mortgage transfer from Atletico Madrid.

But when there may be one optimistic from Lampard’s disastrous caretaker reign it’s that Pochettino will know precisely who he can depend on subsequent season, and who he cannot.

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