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The matchday 14 between Chelsea and Watford was fierce and intriguing. Chelsea maintains the lead atop of the Premier League table with a win at Vicarage stadium tonight.
The Blues struggled in the first half of the encounter. Chelsea finds it hard to settle in the game during the first half of the encounter.
Watford’s game plan almost earn them a draw but thanks to goals from Mason Mount and a ferocious finish from Hakim Ziyech in the second half.
Chelsea’s coach, Thomas Tuchel made two mistakes which contributed to the Blue’s struggle in the first half. Thomas Tuchel however rectified these mistakes in the second half but he needs to stop risking chances.
Chelsea could have conceded more goals in the first half due to the poor tactics employed by Thomas Tuchel. It’s been a while that Chelsea’s fans watch a stressful and uncomfortable game. Thomas Tuchel needs to stop experimenting with this sort of tactic in crucial games.
1. The Duo Of Rueben Loftus-Cheek And Saul in Midfield.
Thomas Tuchel shouldn’t have paired Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez in the midfield. The two players failed to connect. The whole team struggled in the first half because the two midfielders couldn’t perform their task effectively.
The Blues were sloppy in possession and look vulnerable in the back. Chelsea attackers couldn’t perform much in the first half because passes weren’t coming from the midfield.
Thomas Tuchel should never play the duo together in the midfield, it almost cost Chelsea a win at the Vicarage Stadium.
2. Starting Saul
Contrary to Thomas Tuchel’s opinion, Saul Niguez isn’t ready to be a starter in the English Premier League. Saul still finds it hard to flow with the intensity of the Premier League. Like his Premier League debut against Aston Villa, Saul Niguez had a nightmare performance in the game. He was hauled off at halftime as Trevoh Chalobah move to the midfield.
Thomas Tuchel should explore other options due to the injury list. Mason Mount can perform better in the midfield.
Although, Chelsea still have chance to improve on its defensive side, as Mason Mount need to improve in his performance on their next match on Saturday.