The pair of defensive stats that should worry Chelsea as fans call out for one man
Chelsea ship 6 in two games
Chelsea continued on their worrying downwards trajectory as Thomas Tuchel’s side conceded a last-minute equaliser to draw 3-3 with Zenit st Petersburg, and throw away their group winning spot in the process.
A stunning strike from Magomed Ozdoyev 😮💨
A wonder goal right at the death from Zenit stops Chelsea from topping #UCL Group H 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Rajrv6Hfx7
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 8, 2021
Poor throughout, a much-changed Chelsea were perhaps lucky not to concede more, with a trio of world-class stops from Kepa keeping the score respectable.
It looked as though they had got away with their poor performance when Timo Werner fired home his second, and Chelsea’s third, ten minutes from time. However, Zenit hit back in the dying embers of the game, leaving Chelsea facing potential clashes with one of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Ajax, or whoever wins group G (One of Lille, RB Salzburg and Sevilla).
This draw follows a period in the Premier League where they have taken just 4 from a possible nine points, with a flukey win over Watford sandwiched between a draw with Manchester United and a defeat to West Ham.
And, now a pair of stats have emerged that show just how much the Blues are struggling. Indeed, tonight marked the second highest expected goals conceded by Tuchel’s side since he took charge 11 months ago, and was only the second time that the normally watertight defence had conceded more than 2 expected goals.
The 2.45 xG Zenit put up on Chelsea tonight is the second highest an opponent has registered in PL and UCL under Thomas Tuchel, behind only the 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this season (2.8).
Those are the only occasions Tuchel’s side has allowed more than two expected goals.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) December 8, 2021
In real terms too, the draw marked the first time since 2019, when Tuchel was in charge of PSG, that a side coached by him has conceded three or more goals in consecutive games.
3+ – A Thomas Tuchel side has conceded 3+ goals in consecutive games for the first time since April 2019 (Lille 5-1 PSG, Nantes 3-2 PSG). Leaky. pic.twitter.com/X1xxO1NH4U
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 8, 2021
And Chelsea fans think they have the answer to this problem.
Sign Kounde, Chelsea fans beg
After the game, Blues fans took to Twitter en-masse to demand the signing of one man. Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, who they missed out on in the summer.
I hope yall “we dont need kounde” people are happy now
— 9 #MarinaOut (@masonmounttttt) December 8, 2021
Tchouameni and Kounde in the transfer window🙏
— ً (@_CFCThiago) December 8, 2021
sign kounde ffs
— adam🏴🇦🇹 (@adamtaticek1) December 8, 2021
We need kounde ASAP
— DMan (@TheMRM_) December 8, 2021
This January we should get Kounde. Then the coming summer we get Rice.
— Dylan (@dylantaank) December 8, 2021
We need to sign Kounde and Tchoumeni and that is not up for discussion …@ChelseaFC bring Emerson back n Broja🤞
— jujuman💙 (@ThobaniMpungos2) December 8, 2021
Would he have made a difference tonight?