Chelsea stuttered their way to a 2-1 win at Cardiff City this afternoon, with a late double and some questionable refereeing decisions aiding the Blues in their quest for three points.
The Blues were well second best for much of the game at the Cardiff City Stadium, and it was a bit of luck which allowed them to head back to London with all three points in the end.
However, a win is a win, and the hunt for Champions League football continues in earnest at Stamford Bridge, this, despite plenty of pressure continuing to build on under fire manager Maurizio Sarri.
The performances of Chelsea in recent times have left a lot to be desired, and once again today, there was plenty of moaning and groaning from the away fans directed primarily at the Italian coach.
We here at the Tavern haven’t been too impressed with the Blues either, but as always, there are things for the coaching staff and players to work on ahead of their next game.
With that, we’ve looked at TWO obvious things Sarri should be taking from today’s win at Cardiff…
Playing Hazard is an absolute must
The Belgian was left out of the starting XI by Sarri today, and the game only really got going for the Blues when he was introduced midway through the second half.
It showed once more that Hazard is comfortably one of the best players in the Premier League, if not the world.
If Chelsea want to seal a top four place, then ensuring Hazard is selected is a no brainer.
They need new defenders
It’s been obvious most of the season, but against lacklustre Cardiff attack, the Blues defence looked anything but top class.
David Luiz looks like he has seen his best days come and go, while Marcos Alonso looks a shadow of the player he was under Antonio Conte.
Chelsea will be hoping their transfer ban is overturned, as the need for new signings at the back becomes more and more obvious.
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