THOMAS TUCHEL witnessed Chelsea blow a two-goal lead and be held to a 2-2 draw by Wolves, as his team’s defensive difficulties persist.
Thomas Tuchel runs the risk of repeating the defensive gaffes that caused one Chelsea great to proclaim Frank Lampard’s tenure as “going nowhere.” Lampard led the Blues for 18 months, but his reign came to an end in the winter of 2020 as his team struggled defensively.
Chelsea’s defensive problems appeared to be fixed under Tuchel, but they have already surrendered eight goals in their previous four games. On Saturday, the problem resurfaced as Wolves scored two late goals to earn a draw at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel runs the risk of following in Lampard’s footsteps if he cannot reverse the course at the back. Due to the Englishman’s struggles in putting up a cohesive defense, Blues great Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink dubbed his tenure “going nowhere.”
“It’s a major step, but you don’t want to end up as a squad that just reacts after the fact.” You want to form a group that can accomplish it right now. They had no choice but to respond in this way. It was always about getting that first goal as early as possible and then making them scared. After a 3-3 tie against West Brom in September 2020, Hasselbaink commented, “They got it.”
“Yes, they improved in the second half; the intensity was higher; but, it’s still a work in progress.” If you keep throwing away opportunities, you’ll never go far. Three defensive blunders led to three goals. They scored on their three shots on goal, which was quite difficult.
Apart from that, we were in charge of the game. We had some opportunities, but the issue was how much character we’d have in the second half. I’ve always believed we could achieve it, but two points are still gone. It would be foolish of me to argue that we can make three errors, set a mountain for ourselves to climb, and be content with that.