In the first half of this Premier League season, Chelsea were pretty solid under Maurizio Sarri.
For most of it, only Liverpool had a better defensive record, putting into perspective how well things were going for the Blues at the back.
Rather, it was the team’s attack that was costing the west London club with Alvaro Morata epitomising how poor it had been.
However, after thrashings to Bournemouth and Manchester City among other terrible displays, it is clear defence is now the big problem area at Chelsea.
And while Sarri will be quick to point out that defending starts from the front and is done collectively, it is hard to look past David Luiz’s awful contribution in this mess.
Yet the 31-year-old is set to be handed a new contract (Evening Standard) in a development that could now have consequences for Andreas Christensen.
Christensen has barely featured in this Premier League campaign even with Luiz struggling for form, and that does not look like it is about to change now or in the near future following the news about his Brazilian team-mate.
Transfer ban or no transfer ban, Sarri seems set on having Luiz at the heart of his defence indefinitely, leaving Christensen in a difficult predicament.
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