Another slow start finally halts Chelsea’s unbeaten record
Chelsea have had to come from behind in several of their opening matches this season to pull out results. Unfortunately, Antonio Conte’s side couldn’t grind out a result on Friday night against Liverpool.
While David Luiz made his return to the pitch for the Blues in the team’s 2-1 defeat against the Reds at Stamford Bridge, the first half of the match was marred by poor defending from the Chelsea backline, with the team conceding twice inside of the opening 40 minutes.
Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson each struck for Liverpool before halftime, putting the Blues at a disadvantage going into the break. And despite a strong second half effort, Chelsea simply couldn’t convert enough opportunities to pull level in the second stanza.
“We controlled the second half but we couldn’t get the second goal,” Luiz said. “I’m very happy to be here again. It’s very important to play these games, the best kind of games in the world. I’m a bit sad because we didn’t start how I wished. We need to improve.”
In three of the club’s first five PL matches of 2016, the Blues have needed goals after the 80th minute to earn either win or draw. With the exception of Chelsea’s dominating 3-0 win over Burnley back on Matchday 3, Conte and co. have failed to string together another complete performance.
Additionally, of Diego Costa’s league-leading five goals to date, four of them have come in the second half. With the Spaniard proving to be a key figure once again at the head of the Chelsea attack, the club will be hoping to get him and the rest of their finishers going earlier in future fixtures.
Following the match, Conte stressed that the team won’t harp too much on the result, however, Chelsea does need to pinpoint its deficiencies after their first loss of the 2016/17 season.
“To find a reason sometimes is easy, sometimes hard,” Conte said. “The goals we concede are strange. We must feel the danger and today we didn’t. We have to reflect a lot on this game because it is important to understand the situation if we don’t want to repeat another bad season like last season.
[ MORE: Player ratings from Liverpool-Chelsea ]
“We don’t feel the danger, Never. In the second half the pressure was good. We tried and played with intensity but you must play attention to details if you want to think about a good team.”