Chelsea takes on Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge this Saturday. With a new Manager, new players, and a new System, Here are 5 Talking points for Chelsea ahead of their big game against Arsenal.
5. The Midfield
It’s a very good Midfield with the right balance of defensive and offensive attributes. Jorginho will distribute the ball forward, Kante will win the ball each time an opponent tries to break on the counter and Kovacic will dribble the ball forward into the final third where the Likes of Hazard, Morata, and Willian can wreak Havoc. The Likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Ross Barkley provide for Great cover and the competition will ensure the starters are always on their toes. The game against Arsenal looks to be a game that will be won or lost in Midfield and if we compare both Midfields on paper, Chelsea looks way more superior.
4. The Curious Case of David Luiz
Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he disagrees with Antonio Conte’s decision to only play David Luiz in the middle of a back three for Chelsea. [TeamTalk]#CFC #ChelseaFC #Luiz #Sarri pic.twitter.com/QgRzr8yqP1
— Chelsea Extra 🏆 (@CFCExtra) August 13, 2018
David Luiz has been a breath of fresh air this Season and it seems like the Brazilian will be getting a lot more game time this Season, Manager Maurizio Sarri has been all praise for the Brazilian centre-back. Here’s why I disagree with Sarri’s decision.
On the ball, David Luiz is probably the best centre-back in the League, his passing and ability to push forward does suit Sarri’s attacking style but this strategy could backfire. Luiz isn’t good in 1 vs 1 situations, his reactions are slow and he fails to neutralize an attack like we saw against Manchester City in the Community Shield. Christensen would be more suited to the role in my opinion.
3. The real test for Kepa Arrizabalaga
Buen comienzo en la @premierleague . Feliz por el debut.
— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) August 11, 2018
Chelsea’s Record Signing Kepa Arrizabalaga got a Clean sheet on his Chelsea Debut against Huddersfield. The Young Spaniard would really be tested on Saturday against Arsenal. Now we know that Kepa is no Petr Cech or Courtois yet, but what we do know is that he is a Goalkeeper with bags of potential and will hopefully flourish into one of the best Shot-stoppers in the world.
2. Eden Hazard is key for Chelsea
Eden Hazard's game by numbers vs. Huddersfield:
100% take-ons completed
1 foul won
And that was in 14 minutes. pic.twitter.com/bfF1MFrzVn
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 11, 2018
Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s crown jewel and needs to be protected. Hazard is a special player and tying him down to a new contract should be at the top of Chelsea’s agenda. The Belgian has completed 50 take-ons against Arsenal which is the highest number he’s managed against any other team in the Premier League and if Hazard can replicate what he did in 14 minutes against Huddersfield, Arsenal are in for a long night.
1. Chelsea’s Achilles heel- Alvaro Morata
Thursday fun fact. Alvaro Morata created a new Chelsea record by being directly involved in 12 goals in his first 11 Premier League games (8 goals & 4 assists). Sarri is clearly prepared to give Morata every chance to rediscover this form. Trust Sarri & lay off Morata. UTC pic.twitter.com/dz2k8xoaKE
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) August 16, 2018
It’s hard to believe that Alvaro Morata started his Chelsea career by being directly involved in 12 goals in his first 11 games. Since then Morata has come under immense criticism and his back Injury last Season seemed to have killed his momentum and mojo.
Maurizio Sarri likes his forwards to have impeccable movement and expects them to be clinical in front of goal. We know that Morata’s movement inside the box is so clever and slick but when he comes in front of Goal he isn’t able to convert those opportunities. The system suits his style and his suppliers are some of the best in the World, expect Morata to come good this Season.