Soft Chelsea are bad in defence and worse in attack – the xG stats are shocking

Chelsea may have conceded an equaliser only in extra time today, but considering they were playing one of the worst sides in Premier League history during their worst patch of form all season, it was desperately poor showing.

The same old problems were evident that we’ve seen all season. A lack of clinical finishing, a lack of decisive defending, a lack of shape or structure in the middle. They also added some dodgy goalkeeper to the mix today, with Djordje Petrovic beaten at his near post by Jayden Bogle as he tried to cheat and stop the cross, and then hesitant again at the end for the second goal.

Some dreadful Sheffield United defending and one great moment from Noni Madueke gave us two goals, but against the worst defensive team in the league that’s not good enough. Mauricio Pochettino shouldn’t be heading back to London thinking that there was much to be happy about today. He and his team have failed miserably, once again.

They managed just 0.44 xG (from a total of 6 attempts of any kind) against a historically poor team, in the worst moment of their season. We can’t get our heads around it. That’s two or more goals conceded in SEVEN straight games.

Sheffield United have conceded 81 goals this season. We barely created a chance. To play like this just days after you’ve managed to get the bans back onside with a good win is embarrassing.

We don’t want to hear about injuries or young players or new projects. None of that had any bearing on today’s game where we had better players all over the pitch than our opposition, yet deserved to lose.

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