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Chelsea warning slap

05 Apr 2022 | 12:52 | Football

The big loss to Brentford over the weekend can help Chelsea learn lessons before the great battle with Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Chelsea broke the circuit of 7 consecutive wins with a bitter result at Stamford Bridge. However, in the context that “The Blues” no longer have the opportunity to race for the Premier League title with Man City and Chelsea, the 1-4 defeat to Brentford is not necessarily only negative.

A pragmatic coach like Thomas Tuchel can gain a lot after being knocked down by opponents who are racing to stay in the Premier League. Besides, Real Madrid scouts should not be fooled after coming to London to attend the audience last weekend.

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The 1-4 loss to Brentford could help Chelsea when facing Real Madrid. Photo: Reuters. 

Chelsea’s problems

The assistants of coach Carlo Ancelotti were present at Stamford Bridge when they saw “The Blues” fall to Brentford. If only looking at the match against Brentford, Real Madrid can add confidence when seeing Chelsea’s current problems.

The defense of the defending Champions League champion had a disappointing day, when it revealed many loopholes in the ability to counter-attack and arrange fixed situations.

Coach Tuchel denied that Chelsea were underperforming in the Premier League because they were focused on the match against Real Madrid. We chose the best players who could face Brentford ,” Tuchel told reporters after the game. We haven’t thought about Real Madrid even a single percent or blink of an eye .”

The German strategist analyzed: ” Since the goal, we stopped defending and then conceded three goals in 10 minutes, which is very unusual. I don’t know why we defended so young. so immature “.

Coach Tuchel did not exaggerate. Chelsea have never conceded four goals in a game since the start of the season. Since Coach Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard, Chelsea have been one of the best defensive teams in Europe. Before losing to Brenford over the weekend, “The Blues” conceded 19 goals in 28 matches, the second best defensive record in the Premier League after Man City (18 goals in 29 games).

The ability to defend was a big fulcrum to help Chelsea win the Champions League last season. And as coach Tuchel said, the loss to Brentford could have been an accident.

Chelsea’s attack also continues to become a painful problem. The home team’s only goal against Brentford came from a beautiful long shot from Antonio Rudiger, a central defender.

Real Madrid’s analysis team can see that Chelsea’s attacking stars like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner or Romelu Lukaku have wasted many opportunities against Brentford. Besides, Chelsea’s attacks are not really diverse.

As Brentford closed the gaps in the middle, Chelsea had to make a lot of poor quality crosses. Coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to let Real Madrid play the same football as Brentford. “Los Blancos” this season is good at counter-attacking defense.

In the confrontation with PSG in the round of 16, Real Madrid also did not match the French club, but preferred to defend in both matches. However, coach Ancelotti also understands that Chelsea is a completely different challenge than PSG. Coach Tuchel’s team has pragmatism and bravery in the Champions League playground.

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Chelsea beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Photo: Reuters. 

The scenario of the previous season repeats?

Real Madrid need to remember that at this time last year, Chelsea also received a shock in the domestic arena. On April 3, 2021, “The Blues” lost 2-5 to West Brom in the English Premier League. It was coach Tuchel’s heaviest defeat in England. But just a few days later, Chelsea regained form and beat Porto 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Bernabeu team then became the next victim of Chelsea in the semi-finals. The force of both Chelsea and Real Madrid now is not too different from last season. The rookies of both teams in the 2021 summer market are mainly playing a reserve role.

Both Real Madrid and Chelsea will reunite in the Champions League with the same framework as last season. Real Madrid has a breath of fresh air on the coaching bench as Ancelotti, that could be the difference. But coach Tuchel’s football philosophy has also been absorbed into Chelsea more than last year, when he had only led “The Blues” for a few months.

Can the scenario of last year’s season be repeated? Chelsea did not play well in the Premier League last year, but in the Champions League everything was different. Coach Tuchel certainly does not want to lose to Brentford just because he wants to distract Real Madrid. There is no basis to assert that, as every team wants to win all the games.

However, the defeat to Brentford could help coach Tuchel improve Chelsea for the rest of the season. The poor performances of Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount or Timo Werner over the weekend could cause them to make way for other players. Coach Tuchel has never been afraid to change, especially in big matches.

Spanish media revealed that many Real Madrid players appreciate Liverpool and Man City more than Chelsea at the moment. But last week, midfielder Toni Kross declared Chelsea as the opponent he did not want to meet in the Champions League.

That was Kroos’ warning to his teammates. Not long after the victory over PSG, Real Madrid had to receive an embarrassing 0-4 defeat against Barcelona at the Bernabeu. Any complacency from the Spanish side only increases Chelsea’s chances of winning. Coach Tuchel’s team has a lot of courage and practicality in the Champions League playground.

Tuong Linh | 09:14 04/05/2022