The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that their side’s 4-2 win over Watford on Tuesday was a turning point for their side. The Blues have struggled so far this season, despite enjoying wins against the likes of Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, with defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Man City proving disheartening for supporters of the club. Fortunately, though, Antonio Conte’s men showed spirit and determination to overcome Watford over the weekend, refusing to succumb to yet another defeat in the process.
That said, despite the win, it’s clear that Chelsea are not performing at 100% quite yet. They struggled for much of the game against Watford, and Antonio Conte’s side may well continue to struggle as the games continue to increase in difficulty.
Chelsea expert Pat Nevin, who used to play for the Blues and now provides regular content for the club, has been discussing the Blues’ form over the last few weeks with the official website, and he seems to think that the poor spell can be put down to one thing.
He said: “I would still have to accept that maybe one point more than any other is the root cause [of Chelsea’s poor form]. We are missing N’Golo Kante. It may be simple, direct and understandable but this time it is almost certainly right too”.
It’s no coincidence, of course, that Chelsea’s poor form has coincided with the Frenchman’s injury. He provides so much balance to the Blues’ midfield, and the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas have been unable to make a dent in the quality that he provides to the team.
That was evident once again at the weekend, despite the win, with Watford breaking through the Chelsea midfield with ease on more than one occasion.
The sooner he returns, the sooner that Antonio Conte can feel confident that his side will put in a performance.
Prior to his injury, Kante had been a near-constant in the Chelsea first team since his arrival. The team, in many ways, is built around him as his inclusion allows the Blues to field an additional one or two attacking players – his influence really is that great.
The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and co will, in time, likely be able to have a similar impact, but at present, nobody in the Blues’ first-team matches up to Kante.
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