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Chelsea - Borussia Dortmund


  • After losing to Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Wednesday night at Signal Iduna Park, Chelsea has a lot of work to do. Despite controlling the majority of the action, the Blues were hurt by a quick German counterattack, regretting missed opportunities and facing a difficult task at Stamford Bridge in the return leg next month. That goal from the rapid, Karim Adeyemi, being the difference.\nBoth teams created excellent opportunities in the first half but failed to capitalize on them. Joao Felix hit the crossbar for the Blues, and in the waning seconds of the first half, Dortmund RB Marius Wolf saw his shot flash across the goal. Everything except the decisive goal was missing at the half, leaving Chelsea\u2019s head coach, Graham Potter, to wonder how his team weren\u2019t at least one up.\nThe Blues came out of the break strong, unlike the response after the half time break against West Ham. And CFC continued to look threatening but were absolutely toothless in front of of goal in general. BVB shot-stopper and Swiss International, Gregor Kobel, denied the blues many chances, and in my opinion, a man of the match deserving performance.\u00a0The hosts scored the only goal of the leg directly from a Chelsea corner, with Karim Adeyemi beating Enzo Fernandez with his blistering pace, and slotting into an empty net after successfully rounding the Chelsea keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga. The English side will host the \u2018die Schwarzgelben\u2019 club in the reverse tie, at the bridge, on the 7th of Match.\n\n \n Next:\u00a03 lessons learned from Dortmund 1-0 Chelsea\n \n"},"title":"Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Chelsea: 3 lessons learned","permalink":"https:\/\/theprideoflondon.com\/2023\/02\/16\/borussia-dortmund-chelsea-lessons\/2\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tDortmund\u2019s Gregor Kobel makes a save from a header by Chelsea\u2019s Kai Havertz (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL\/AFP via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nThree Lessons learned from Chelsea loss\nChelsea\u2019s January signings still need time to gel\nThe blues have spent well over \u00a3300m in the January window, raising the season spending to over\u00a0\u00a3600m to seriously improve the squad, there will be problems with chemistry. With the likes of Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Beniot Badiashile, and Enzo Fernandez, being guaranteed a starting position, it will take time for these players to adapt. However, only Felix, Mudryk, and Fernandez were registered for the UCL. Despite there being only \u2018three\u2019 new players in the Champions League squad, we\u2019ll still see this problem in the league.\nMany of the CFC faithful would blame this problem on the manager, but the main problem isn\u2019t the creativity, but rather the finishing. The intention is there but the Blues forward lines aren\u2019t taking advantage when the opportunity arises. Getting rid of Potter at this stage is comical, especially with a major problem being to gel these new players, a new manager will only run into the same problem.\nToothless in front of goal\nThe only Premier League team to not score on the counter in the previous two campaigns is Chelsea. The blues has only scored two goals in the league through counter-attacks since 2020\/21 through February 2023. In 2019\/20 alone, the west London club scored seven of their own. Truly, a very worrying stat.\n\n \n Next:\u00a0Final page of article\n \n","title":"Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Chelsea: 3 lessons learned","permalink":"https:\/\/theprideoflondon.com\/2023\/02\/16\/borussia-dortmund-chelsea-lessons\/3\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tEnzo Fernandez of Chelsea (Photo by Marcel ter Bals\/BSR Agency\/Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nChelsea were able to put themselves in some excellent positions for offense, but they did not take advantage of the chances they presented. Portuguese forward Felix had the best opportunities in the first 45 minutes, but he missed them. The Blues had two wins in 13 games going into this match (now being two wins in 14), which is an inexcusable poor streak from the \u2018pride of London\u2019 club no matter the circumstance. Although there are indications of improvement, nothing seems to be working. Felix missed opportunities, Mykhailo Mudryk struggled to find consistency, and the midfield easily being ran through is CFC\u2019s night summed up at the German city. Although good work is being done, Chelsea was penalized for failing to score once again.\nThe tie isn\u2019t dead \u2013 yet\nWith a significant injury boost in N\u2019golo Kante set to return for club, there\u2019s still reasons to be optimistic that the London club will advance, especially only being one down and playing at home. With the second leg at Stamford Bridge coming up in weeks time, the Blues are still in good position in the tie, but the lack of chemistry are still evident.\n\n \n \n Trending:\u00a0Chelsea\u2019s priority midfield transfer target is not Rice or Caicedo\n \n \n\n\nThe next meeting between the two is just under three weeks away, so the Blues have a chance to make things right. 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