Blue Mondays: A Search for Form

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Another four games approach in the festive period as Chelsea continue to search for their rediscovered form.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie @BellenieSport.

Six-Goal Thriller in Russia:

If Chelsea thought that Watford was cold, it was nothing compared to the trip to Russia.

It was reported that the temperature was as low as -15 degrees in Saint Petersburg, where the Blues took on Zenit in the final game of Group H.

Thomas Tuchel again rested players and gave opportunities to some of the squad players but really only goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga came out with any credit. Chelsea got off to a flyer with Timo Werner scoring the team’s fastest Champions League goal.

Unfortunately, the Blues didn’t push on and by half time it was 2-1 to the home side, meaning Chelsea would finish the group as runners-up. The second half saw Romelu Lukaku equalise and after some much needed changes, Timo netted again with five minutes left to put Chelsea top of the group.

Again, the lead was not held and a decent strike in the 94th minute completed the scoring. Chelsea finish second in the group and will play Ligue 1 champions Lille in the round of 16.

(credit | BT Sport).

Penalty Fest Against Leeds:

Leeds came to The Bridge as Chelsea looked to bounce back to winning ways. It certainly didn’t start well as Marcos Alonso gave away a penalty that was converted by Raphinha just before the 30-minute mark.

Mason Mount replied on the stroke of half-time before Jorghino made it 2-1 with a penalty on 58 minutes. Again, Chelsea failed to hold onto a lead as with seven minutes left as Joe Gelhardt made it 2-2 in front of the Leeds supporters.

However, as the game was moving deeper into injury time, Chelsea won another penalty with Jorghino making it 3-2 to the home side.

There was still time left for handbags in the corner as Chelsea held onto a massive three points.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

Toffees at Home:

Thursday night football beckons on December 16th as Chelsea entertain Everton at Stamford Bridge.

The blue side of Merseyside are of course managed by Rafa Benitez, who should perhaps expect a hostile welcome from the Chelsea fans. The London club have a great record at home against the Toffees and should expect to build on their history.

This will be the 83rd meeting between the two sides with only 12 losses and a goal difference of +80. Last season was a 2-0 Chelsea win.

Wolves Away:

It’s off to Wolves for the last league game before Christmas for a Sunday kick-off. Both teams have won 39 times in the 106 league games that have been played between these two sides.

It is just over 12 months since the last game where Chelsea took the lead but collapsed in the final 25 minutes – giving away a last-minute winner.


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