Chelsea on best run since they were a world class side under Tuchel – but that doesn’t tell the whole story

It’s a very misleading stat, given how poor they’ve been and given the results they’ve got, but if you look at the results alone, Chelsea are actually in their best run of form for many years in terms of a streak without losing.

The Blues are unbeaten in 7 Premier League games. A shocking home defeat in February against Wolves, where we were blown away 4-2 by Gary O’Neill’s men, sparked a run of matches where we haven’t had a loss – although some of the draws we’ve had have been more painful than most defeats.

We’ve draw 4 of the 7 and haven’t kept a clean sheet either. In fact, we’ve conceded an astonishing 21 goals in 7 matches. Our only hope is that Everton – who have struggled to score all season. They’ve failed to score in 11 games this season, and have managed only 32 all season.

Typically however, their only real goal threat Dom Calvert-Lewin has finally found his feet in recent games. He’s score in consecutive games, having previously drawn a blank 18 games in a row.

DCL has a hamstring issue, but is expected to be fit enough to start. What odds on a hattrick for him?

Chelsea’s faded glory under Tuchel

The last time we bettered this unbeaten run was between October and December 2021. Most people would argue this was the last time we were really a top quality team, with Thomas Tuchel having forged us into a winning machine and having added some goals in the form of Romelu Lukaku that summer.

We all know what happened next – Lukaku did his silly interview, injuries hit, Russia invaded Ukraine, and nothing has been the same since.

This team are so far from that efficient winning machine that it’s hard to wrap your head around. Most of that group are gone, and even if we match their record tomorrow, we all know we’re far from that level.

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  1. “Having added some goals in the form of Romelu Lukaku???” Huh? What are you talking about? He scored all of 8 goals (in 26 appearances!) and to say we were a “world class” outfit under Tuchel is to completely gloss over the fact that we never really challenged for the league. We managed to eke out a win over a superior City side in the UCL championship, but Tuchel was basically a one-trick pony. By the time our opponents saw us for a second time we struggled mightily. The Bundesliga also seems to have figured Tuchel out despite the vast gap and class between Munich’s squad and the rest of the league.

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