Chelsea started the game brilliantly and had the ball in the back of the net from a corner scramble just minutes into the match, but VAR were able to find a miniscule offside by seeing Kai Havertz’s left foot in front of the ball as Thiago Silva. was about to shoot. Havertz gained absolutely zero advantage and the foul could only be detected under a microscope, but according to the letter of the law it was offside and unfortunately VAR is not acting within the spirit of the law.
We handled that disappointment quite well and although the game was far from high, we created some decent chances. Mason Mount missed a clear chance to shoot, while others such as Kai Havertz and Benoît Badiashile missed good opportunities after a really bad set piece by Liverpool.
On the other hand, Liverpool posed little danger, but that changed quite quickly in the second half, when the home side came out with much more intent and intensity. Chelsea survived that period partly thanks to a blockade from Thiago Silva.
Mudryk made his debut 10 minutes into the half and took less than 10 minutes to create our best chance of the half, with some delightful plays in the area in tight spaces. His shot unfortunately landed just next to the near post in the side netting. A slightly less delightful touch saw him squander an almost perfect classic Ziyech cross, before the game spiraled into a nervous final 15-20 minutes.
Yet neither side was able to find the required quality for a breakthrough and so the spoils were shared, perhaps rightly so.
- Chelsea in a back four, but with Cucurella more advanced on the left and Chalobah staying home on the right.
- Hopefully Chalobah’s knock is nothing serious
- Congratulations on number 500, DAVE!
- Five draws in a row against Liverpool in all competitions.
- Chelsea remain 10th.
- Next: two week break, then Fulham home