Blue Mondays: Blues Crumble at The Bridge

A look at Chelsea’s disaster result against West Brom on the weekend, whilst also focusing on the important week that lies ahead in Europe.

End of the streak:

After a busy international break, Chelsea regrouped and were back in action on Saturday afternoon as they faced relegation candidates West Brom. Having drawn 3-3 at The Hawthorns earlier on in the season, the Blues aimed to set the record straight against Sam Allardyce’s men – who had won just once in their previous eleven games.

However, against the odds, the Baggies overturned 10-men Chelsea in emphatic style – recording a 5-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. The defeat marked the end of Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start at Chelsea, who managed to avoid defeat in his first 14 games at the club.

Despite the result, Chelsea remains in fourth place – with Tottenham also dropping points in their draw against Newcastle. The Blues are currently two points clear of Spurs, Liverpool and West Ham, although the Hammers can leapfrog Chelsea with their game in hand.

The road ahead:

Tuchel and Chelsea will aim to look at the West Brom defeat as a small hiccup on their road to success. The month of April holds huge potential for the Blues, who are competing for the FA Cup and Champions League in addition to fight for top four.

The games are coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, with pressure mounting on what is a young Chelsea side. The Blues have six remaining games this month, as they set to face Porto, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Brighton and West Ham.

With the games set to come in quick succession, Tuchel will have to rely on his entire squad if Chelsea are to find any joy within their hectic schedule.

The silver lining:

Although there aren’t many, one positive that Chelsea could take from their weekend defeat is the fact they faced a huge reality check.

Unbeaten streaks are always great, but an inevitable defeat also comes with the package. Chelsea saw this roll out in front of their eyes on Saturday afternoon and will learn from their sloppy errors in the coming games.

Despite the physical challenge that the Blues will face in the coming week, they also will be questioned mentally as they fight against the pressure in the important upcoming fixtures.

Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel were brought back down to Earth just over 48 hours ago, and have a huge opportunity to respond on Wednesday night in Spain.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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