Chelsea’s lack of defensive transition compactness is damning. The entire tactical issue with Potter’s Chelsea revolves around the players’ proximity – they’re all too far apart. The passing distances are short throughout the park. With only one midfielder, there aren’t enough players close enough together to reliably combine.
Chelsea came to London Stadium and arguably started the game well before West Ham improved their overall performance. Enzo Fernandez played one over the defense and Joao Felix slotted past the keeper just 17 minutes after the game began. In the 28th minute, the hosts equalized when Soucek’s cross was flicked on by Bowen and Emerson was at the back post to score.
In today’s match, Graham Potter rested a number of key players, including David Datro Fofana, while playing players who arguably had poor games, such as Kai Havertz. Potter also made poor substitutions, which harmed Chelsea’s possession. The players’ positioning was also poor, which is why Chelsea drew.
Chelsea fans took to social media to troll Potter after a string of disastrous results, with some questioning whether Graham Potter is the right man for the job for the first time. Some of these changes are absurd. Ziyech and Gallagher? Mudryk has been removed. Let’s be honest. Graham Potter is not a Chelsea Standard. You play Havertz for 90 minutes with Fofana on the bench? Potter will never succeed at Chelsea.
Chelsea’s Joao Felix scored, while West Ham United’s Emerson netted. West Ham 1-1 Chelsea was the final score.