The Blues fell to their second loss of the season last night against an out-of-form Everton side at Goodison Park, ending their incredible run of 17 consecutive matches unbeaten.
Not only did they lose the chance to further their unbeaten run, a chance to go top of the table temporarily was also wasted.
Lets bring to you five important factors highlighted from the Blues last night against an Everton side that were there for the taking.
The Blues lacked individual brilliance
On a night like that in the past, a certain Eden Hazard or Willian Borges probably could have made magic from nothing like they did years back for the Blues.
Fast track to the current crop, a certain Christian Pulisic could have equally step up his game to produce a stunner against a defensively-minded Everton.
The Blues missed that one player last night.
Olivier Giroud found himself always surrounded by the two Everton center-backs [Yerry Mina and Michael Keane] and could hardly get a header with Everton making sure to block crosses from getting to the Frenchman.
We saw Hazard hand the Blues quite a number of victories from nothing in his days at Stamford Bridge and was greatly missed on a night like that.Embed from Getty Images
A single individual brilliance from either of the attackers could have led a resurgence to victory for the Blues but Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and especially Kai Havertz couldn’t spark the Blues to life last night.
Kai Havertz was awful as a player could be
The German put up a quite underwhelming performance last night at Goodison Park, barely completing a single successful pass with Chelsea begging for all the creativity they could get.
He was slow to decide on the ball, barely completing a successful dribble, looked disgruntled on the ball and lacked confidence like a debutant.
With Hakim Ziyech out injured, the club record signing was expected to provide creative attacking threats for the Blues but failed utterly, explaining why the gaffer decided to sub him in the 68th minute after a shambolic outing last night.
Werner was also missing in the party
Last night was unarguably the 24-year-old’s worst performance in his new Blue career.
He was no where to be found, missing for most part of the game.Embed from Getty Images
Werner had been subject to concerns of misfiring at goal this season but not making his presence unfelt in a match like last night’s.
Chelsea struggled to create chances
Chelsea barely had a clear cut chance last night which would have been difficult given how deep Everton defended especially after going ahead early.
The approach was to get the crosses in for Giroud to try get a header but it clearly didn’t work.
The Everton center-backs were tough enough to keep Giroud at bay all through the game, and this is where the issue of creativity comes into play.
The presence of a playmaker last night, apart from Havertz could have brought the Blues to life.
The season is nearing midway but could get even harder for the Blues with Havertz still utterly under-performing.
He really needs to find his feet and get back to the form that prompted his club record fee.
Kante and James were outstand
At least some positive to end it all.
N’Golo Kante once again proved to be an indispensable force at Chelsea last night.
The 29-year-old was phenomenal despite the loss, distinguishing himself from the flock.
Almost everything the Frenchman did last night was perfect, passes, tackles, interceptions and even dribbles, reminding the club of his importance on the pitch.
Reece James was also amazing last night and was unlucky to not grabbing the equalizer for the Blues with a well struck effort hitting the woodwork.
Its great to see the youngster improve so much this term after a nice outing last season, having sealed his place as Chelsea number two, relegating skipper Cesar Azpilicueta to a comfortable bench spell.
Chelsea will travel to Wolves on Tuesday in search of a bounce back from last night’s hapless loss at Merseyside.