Paul Merson was on Soccer Saturday covering the Chelsea game today, and he was clear about what the issue was as the Blues were embarrassed once again, this time losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest and being booed off.
Merson said it was just a matter of goalscoring, as simple as that.
“Chelsea never looked like scoring today. This has been an issue for a couple of years now.”
He’s right. Even when we were on top, there was little conviction from our forward players, who were good at getting to the box and terrible at everything beyond that.
Paul Merson: “If you play ten men behind the ball against #Chelsea, they find it so difficult to break them down. It’s so slow and mundane. It’s never constant pressure, they never pin teams in. This has been an issue for a couple of years now.”
— Chels HQ (@Chels_HQ) September 2, 2023
Paul Merson on #CHENOT:
“They [Chelsea] never looked like scoring today. This has been an issue for a couple of years now.”
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) September 2, 2023
Ok let’s face it, it’s not exactly a unique observation, but it’s nice to see the main problem outlined by someone who’s not overly involved in the minutiae of every other little problem.
Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees, and you need someone with a wider perspective to point out the obvious. After so many years we’ve almost got bored of saying that our problem is a lack of goals, but it’s the truth.