The Chelsea fans have been feeling miserable in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s slump in form which has all but ended their ambition of finishing inside the top-four this season.
Antonio Conte’s side have been in free-fall in recent weeks with only 2 wins to show from their last 8 fixtures in the Premier League. The decline has left the Blues 10 points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in 4th place – a huge gap considering there are only 6 fixtures remaining this season.
However, Chelsea could temporarily close the gap to 7-points by recording a victory over Southampton later today and then hope that Manchester City do them a favour by taking all three points from their clash with Tottenham at Wembley later this evening. The Blues will need to make a significant improvement on their most recent display against West Ham if they are to get the better of Southampton, especially in attacking positions where they have been lacking a clinical edge all season.
Chelsea have been over-reliant on Eden Hazard at times, even when the Belgian wizard has struggled for form himself and, that simply cannot continue to persist for the rest of the season. Hazard has scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists from his 44 appearances in all-competitions this season, but it’s time for Alvaro Morata to prove why Chelsea brought him to Stamford Bridge last summer with a match-winning performance against the Saints.
Morata made an incredibly promising opening to life in English football, but his impressive form was quickly replaced by a lack of confidence and a subsequent struggle in-front of goal. In recent weeks the Spanish international has slowly begun to show flashes of brilliance which he regularly flaunted earlier in the season and, it’s about time he demonstrated that level of quality throughout a 90-minute fixture.
A player of Morata’s reputation, experience and goal-scoring record should relish the prospect of facing a Southampton side who have lost their last three Premier League games in a row, conceding 9 goals in the process. The hapless Saints are there for the taking this afternoon, so Morata must bring his a-game to St Mary’s and take advantage of an opportunity to boost his confidence by scoring a goal or two on the south-coast.
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