xG stats haunt Chelsea again as Blues fail to make chances pay

How many times have we seen this before this season? Especially at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea play well, they generate enough expected goals to score a couple, while their opposition only generate one fraction of a chance against them.

Final score? 1-1.

The stats from the game would be incredible – if we hadn’t see it a few times before.

Chelsea had an xG of 1.68, including one golden Christian Pulisic chance that he somehow put wide.

Leicester on the other hand had an xG of just 0.08, presumably all from their goal, which was a brilliant strike from James Maddison – but also the only times that Leicester threatened Chelsea all night really.

xG doesn’t ever tell the whole story, but the number of times we’re creating better chances than our opposition and not actually winning the game is appalling. It’s been the same story all year – and even further back.

No matter how much we spend on strikers, we can’t seem to fix it.

One thought on “xG stats haunt Chelsea again as Blues fail to make chances pay

  1. After a glorious last season l believed all we would have needed this season would have been reinforcements on the fringes as the main Team itself were getting the job done. It was obvious then that refinement with the front line was the only glaring element lacking. Removing / rotating players without reason is the initial cause of this zero effect season.
    19 points behind first, 17 points behind second, worst home record and no Trophy. Secondly the impact of the sanction on All the Players and most obvious Tuchel because he is a shadow of the fiery motivated person he was. I would say working on the Psyche of them ALL is top priority. Re-awakening that passion and that zeal as a Team to win is what must be regained – in other words their biggest challenge is internal. CFC defeated themselves this season without even recognising it until now because of that stress. Therefore only players that leave ought to be replaced. Merge them with existing players because they do have depth and need to recognise and build on that strength.

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