Date: 3rd September 2023 at 2:57pm
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A vastly frustrating display earned Nottingham Forest a shock win at Stamford Bridge in a performance that would have left Mauricio Pochettino exasperated with his new side. 

One could point the finger at the quantity of players that have come through the door for the lack of traction in results. It could also be blamed on the fact that a recognised striker wasn’t recruited.

Whatever the case, it was a game when looking at the balance of chances should have been three points for Chelsea.

The awful numbers in front of goal cannot be blamed on Poch or even Graham Potter for that matter, but actually the lack of consistency in scoring good goalscoring chances.

This was summed up perfectly by Nicolas Jackson’s miss from five yards, something that will no doubt be stuck on repeat in his head.

What went wrong for Chelsea?

This won’t be a surprise to any Chelsea fan, or anyone in particular that the team are bereft of any of edge in the final third. Combine that with a young team under a new manager, you’re going to face challenges.

The average age of summer signings was 20.5 years and it’s sadly showing with their output in matches.

Forest had executed Steve Cooper’s game plan to perfection, defending with discipline before striking on the break, and the young squad put out by Poch failed to overcome it.

The manager said after the game that it will help his team mature and whilst there is agreement there, there would be doubt cast over his ability to get more out of this team should poor results continue.

Desperation took hold of the side shortly after Elanga gave Forest the lead which will no doubt have concerned the Argentine. That again can be put down to the lack of experience at his disposal within the squad.


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