26 Th1 2022 | 11:09
Victory over Spurs cannot erase the fact that Chelsea are losing ground compared to Man City in the race to win the Premier League. The London team has a serious shortage of personnel, especially in the position of full-back.
That’s why coach Thomas Tuchel was forced to change. Instead of kicking 3 strong defenders, the Blues switched to a traditional 4 defender scheme. Notably, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are no longer in frequent use.
The German coach has a reason to do so. According to statistics from FBRef about the ability of players to contribute to goals in attack, Havertz and Pulisic’s stats are really disappointing.
Specifically, Mason Mount leads the team in total goals and assists, with 0.61 goals per 90 minutes. Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are right behind with 0.55 goals per 90 minutes. Then followed by Hakim Ziyech, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Notably, among the attacking options of the Stamford Bridge team, the Pulisic and Havertz duo ranked last. This reflects why they appear less and less in the starting lineup of The Blues.
For Havertz, this is a pity when he was once a key player, scoring the decisive goal to help Chelsea win the Champions League.