As Tuchel succumbed to his third stalemate with a draw at Elland Road – after similar results against Wolves and Manchester United – it was a mixed performance by the lads in Blue.
The German tactician opted to deploy a back four instead of three in a 4-3-3 formation that saw Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen and Chilwell take charge.
Chelsea’s defensive structure wasn’t at the best of its abilities, as we witnessed a back three fair much better in previous matches.
The second half saw Chelsea go close to conceding from Rodrigo’s free header and Raphinha’s 56th minute shot.
One man the Chelsea fans were disappointed with, was left-back Ben Chilwell. His performance was comparatively underwhelming when compared to his compatriots. Thomas Tuchel even made his thoughts known by yelling Chilwell to ‘be more serious’ during the match.
Chilwell recorded a disappointing 45 passes with 66.7% passing accuracy, the lowest among the back four. He also made 3 tackles in total and the least number of clearances (1) throughout the match.
Surprisingly he made the highest number of interceptions (4) among his defensive mates. (whoscored.com)
Offensively, he wasn’t in the best of forms either.
Here are few Chelsea fans venting out their disappointment:
Not good, he needs to stop joking around on the field and maybe he will play better.
— USMNT_Blues (@USMNT_Blues) March 13, 2021
Bad, but also it’s the second match I’ve seen that he plays too bad. He is a good player, he just had a bad match.
— 🎩 (@RicardoCFC__) March 13, 2021
He was the worst player on the pitch
— Sean Deo of 🇺🇬 (@SeanDeo13) March 13, 2021
Not the best performance at all! He got tired in the second half and everything was just off!!!
— #Folorunsho (@saucedeak) March 13, 2021
At times he was lazy
— Jack Berrecloth (@jack_berrecloth) March 13, 2021
Substandard. Looked bored. Tuchel was livid with him too.
— John Putney (@putneyjk) March 13, 2021
He doesn’t even look to see who is crossing to he just plays it in even when he has time and he doesn’t play forward passes like other left backs,always comes in and then plays it back to the CB or sometimes gets passed his marker and then still plays it back
— Allen (@CFC_allen) March 13, 2021
not the best, but no reason to drag him. players have off days despite what the glory hunting shit sippers would lead you to believe.
— fadilmhd (@_fadilmhd) March 13, 2021
Poor, Chilwell needs to improve
— Joshua (@Joshua41898199) March 13, 2021
aweful, lacked game awareness…
— Nifty Bonga (@Niftykrazy) March 13, 2021