FIVE Talking Points from ‘ChelSIX’ Humiliating Defeat to Manchester City

Victor Kekereekun
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 11-Feb-2019

Manchester City humiliated Chelsea 6-0 to rise above Liverpool and reclaim their place at the top of the table.

The shambolic defeat has left Chelsea outside the top four as they suffered their heaviest loss across all competitions since an infamous 7-0 thrashing from Nottingham Forest in April 1991.

APRECON provides you with FIVE major talking points from the game:

1. Chelsea sink deeper – or more freefall for the Blues

Chelsea arrived at the Etihad on the back of a commanding performance against Huddersfield. Yet, the victory last weekend only papered over the cracks rather than spark a resurgence.

On Sunday, Chelsea were poor all across the pitch. However, they made matters worse for themselves by making some truly avoidable errors.

For the first goal, the Blues completely switched off and allowed Bernardo Silva to roam into space. The third goal wasn’t any better with Barkley handing Aguero the chance to triple their lead on a plate.

The fourth goal could’ve been avoided had Kepa gotten a stronger hand to it – whereas Azpilicueta conceded a soft penalty to gift City their fifth.

At the moment, Chelsea were enduring a pretty rough moment. And such mistakes only add more to one’s problems.

Sadly, at a time when other teams are finding ways to dig themselves out of a hole, Chelsea are contriving to dig their own graves.

After the Bournemouth defeat, many people believed that the worst was behind Chelsea. But then, lo and behold! How wrong could they have been – ChelSIX sink deeper.

2. Aguero is a big game player – or reliable is what Kun is

Aguero came into the game against Chelsea on the back of a hat-trick against Arsenal last weekend. While the goals against Arsenal embodied him as the proverbial ‘fox in the box’, he handed a similar blow to Chelsea – going home with the match ball for the second time in three outings

His first was a beautiful finish from outside the box whereas his second showcased his predatory instincts.

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The third from the penalty spot sealed his 11th Premier League hat-trick and he also became City’s leading league scorer of all time in the process.

The Premier League has entered its loggerhead and all the contenders need to be on their toes. Luckily for City, their premier marksman seems to be hitting top form at just the right time.

Years ago in 2012, Sergio Kun Aguero provided a memory that would last a lifetime for every Cityzen. And if he continues his rich vein of form, one would be foolish to bet against his big games mentality!

3. Man City sound out a title warning – or more pressure on Liverpool’s nerves

A couple of weeks ago, some had written Manchester City off after their defeat at Newcastle. Yet, with the unpredictable nature of the Premier League, the Cityzens are again the frontrunners to hold the trophy aloft come May.

On Saturday, Liverpool rubbished claims that they were feeling the pressure as they put in a commanding display against Bournemouth. The Reds put three past the Cherries to shift the onus onto City.

City though responded in kind and sent out an even stronger statement by humiliating Chelsea.

At the Etihad, the hosts were utterly dominant and could’ve scored more than the six goals they eventually accumulated.

For the first time since 2014, we have a title race on our hands. Though the race flirted with the idea of turning into a canter for Liverpool for a few days, the Cityzens have ensured that they are not going anywhere until the 12th of May.

Yet, after a performance like that, the Etihad faithful would be quietly confident of handling everything Klopp’s Liverpool throw at them.

4. Sarri’s future bleaks – or sorry Sarri, your days are numbered!

Chelsea started off this campaign on a promising note as they went unbeaten for the first few months. However, over the past couple of weeks, their season has taken a disastrous turn.

Against Bournemouth, they inexplicably succumbed to let in four balls while they scaled greater heights in their miseries against a free-scoring Manchester City on Sunday.

While losing to City isn’t the biggest crime in the world, the way the lost certainly demands an inquest. Like many a time, the West London outfit looked dearth of ideas and passion even with their footballing philosophy – Sarriball. Thus, suggesting that the problems plaguing Chelsea are much more serious than what is meeting the eye.

At this juncture, Chelsea are slipping deeper and deeper into a quicksand they’ve created themselves – and obviously, there are inevitably questions around Sarri’s future after this historic 6-0 result.

When asked after the match on what to expect from the club owner Roman Abrahamovic, the Italian said; “to be honest, I don’t know what to expect.” There is no doubt Chelsea’s shambolic will come with consequences with Sarri himself facing the greater part of it. The truth is, if Sarri can’t plot an escape route soon enough, he could well be out of a job come the summer – if not luckily, not before then.

5. Jorginho is Chelsea’s weakest link – or more Jorginho, more downfalls

Jorginho was once again a weak link for Chelsea in their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Earlier in the season, especially after another one-sided loss to a top six opponent, as Tottenham Hotspur ran the Blues through in a 3-1 win at the end of 2018, the positioning of N’Golo Kante became a talking point.

The Frenchman has been moved forward to playing the role of a shuttling box-to-box midfielder down the right, rather than sitting deep in front of the back four.

Sarri’s system requires a playmaker in this role, at the base of a midfield three, and he made Jorginho his landmark signing in the summer transfer window after building his Napoli side around the Brazil-born Italy international and his passing game.

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It is a plan that relies on the Blues maintaining possession of the ball rather than having a player to break up attacks in this area of the pitch, and just as Spurs made the most of the lack of protection in this area, City also found space in front of the Chelsea defence – it comes by easily, isn’t it?

They also focused on pressing the midfielder to rush his decisions and force errors while denying him easy options to find when he had the ball.

Chelsea had no response to City as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne closed Jorginho down or marked him out of the game when other players had possession of the ball.

To make matters worse, with Jorginho unable to make a positive impact with the ball, his weakness out of possession was exposed by City as they sought to play in the space between Chelsea’s midfield and defence.

Without a player dedicated to closing down the likes of De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, the Blues could not cope.

“No protection in front of the back four. Far too easy for Aguero to get in there,” Sky Sports’ Alan Shearer noted after the game.

It is not unreasonable for Chelsea fans to call for Jorginho to be dropped – as he has proven over and over to be a vulnerable link in the team. Moving Kante back to his initial position could well salvage the situation for Chelsea. But with Jorginho appearing more and more for the Blues in that role, you don’t expect Chelsea to overcome this disarray anytime soon.

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