(Video): “Be better off the ball” and three other things that Chelsea need to improve according to a frustrated captain

Conor Gallagher was the smiling choice to be interviewed by Chelsea TV after the win over Manchester United last night.

But for all the positives, there was no escaping the awful negative – his team had thrown away a 2-0 lead when they were playing all the football, and ended up going to 3-2 down. No matter the final score, that’s just not good enough.

The goals largely did come from individual mistakes, but as Gallagher says, those are in turn products of the team’s efforts:

“We need to be better in those situations. We need to control the game better. We need to be better off the ball, more organised as a team.”

We’re hearing the same things every week though. At the weekend we slipped up against Burnley, and we heard the same things. The organisation isn’t improving, and the players continue to play in a careless way at times. When the euphoria wears off, there’s serious work to be done.

You can see the midfielder speaking in the clip embedded here:

1 Comment

  1. Not sure what you’re expecting, SuperFrank. Did you really imagine that we’d see the squad they struggled to manage the lead against Burnley suddenly look assured just a few days later against a better team in Utd???

    Anyone who has played the game knows these things take time—especially when it’s the whole squad who are young and relatively inexperienced. The fact that the players understand the issue is encouraging, but the constant, impatient carping of supporters is pointless and totally counterproductive.

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