“Be killers… kill the opponent… kill the opportunities” – Defender clear on what Chelsea lacked

Chelsea have had 35 shots in their last two games, resulting in precisely 0 goals.

As each effort heads towards goal, you can almost visualise the “shot conversion” metric ticking down another notch, taking us closer to Luton at the rock bottom of that particular stat.

You don’t have to be a genius to see what we’re lacking – in fact you don’t even have to have seen any football at all. If you watched both games back to back you’d see players in Blue looking like they lack any sort of confidence, technique or finesse the moment they cross the halfway line.

Our defender Axel Disasi put it well after the game last night:

“We have to keep going in this way but be more killers in the opponents’ box,” said Disasi in quotes picked up by the Evening Standard.

“We created many chances so we have to keep doing this but we have to kill the opponent.

“When we see the game [again], I think we [will realise we] deserved to win. We didn’t score so the feeling is a little bit sad. That’s football. We have to keep going because I think we are performing on the pitch but just have to kill the opportunities when we have them.”

All that talk of killing makes it clear that from the players’ perspective it’s as much a question of attitude as tactics or technique. They need to get into the right mindset – that of a predator, not of prey.