Why Ben Chilwell was angry with Ross Barkley and £97.5million absence shown in Burnley draw

Why Ben Chilwell was angry with Ross Barkley and £97.5million absence shown in Burnley draw.

Here are our thoughts after the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley, leaving them disappointed heading into the November international break.

The chemistry between Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James

With Chelsea’s attacking third beset by injury, it was inevitable that someone would burst through and exploit the situation, and that someone is Callum Hudson-Odoi at the moment.

He didn’t have an assist or a goal against Burnley, but he has performed well in the absence of Timo Werner, who suffered a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Malmo three weeks ago.

Hudson-Odoi has been playing in his preferred position of off the left side of the front three, but he did play as a split striker on Saturday, again off the left side.

 

Hudson-Odoi, like the majority of his colleagues, had a strong first half but slowed down after the interval. Even so, it came as a shock when he was substituted with the game tied at 1-1 and Chelsea hunting for a winner.

 

Hudson-relationship Odoi’s with Chelsea’s in-form player, Reece James, has been a significant bonus for Thomas Tuchel.

When Chelsea attacks, the two seem to have telepathic understanding of where each other will be. James had a lot of overlaps with his teammate, and his buddy had a lot of trouble finding him.

 

James also had an assist in the game, as his lovely cross was headed in by Kai Havertz to give Chelsea a well-deserved lead just after the half-hour mark.

We all know Hudson-Odoi can be flawless on occasion, but he can also be completely unnoticed. That hasn’t been the case so far this season, particularly in the past month, but you have to be concerned about his status in the team when the league begins after the international break.

 

Tuchel will have plenty of alternatives to play off the left side with Werner maybe returning, Mason Mount perhaps returning, and Christian Pulisic also returning. Hakim Ziyech, who was not picked for Saturday’s game, is still on the roster.

 

One thing that Hudson-Odoi has going for him is his connection with James, who has been the Blues’ best player this season.

 

The dreadful finishing demonstrates why Romelu Lukaku was purchased.

 

Chelsea should have been out of sight long before Matej Vydra’s equalizer ten minutes from time, but they were kept to a 1-1 tie by a slew of squandered chances.

 

The Blues had 25 efforts on goal against Burnley but only managed to score four times, one of which was Kai Havertz’s well-placed header past Nick Pope in the first half.

 

Pope had kept Burnley in the game, but Chelsea’s finishing was wayward, with Barkley being one of the major offenders, skipping into Row Z from the outside of the box when well placed.

 

He should have put Ben Chilwell in, who was unmarked to his left and would have most likely scored. Before Barkley was replaced, the left wing-back made it clear that this was the situation.

 

Thiago Silva also struck the post with a header as Pope tormented the hosts, save at the foot of Hudson-Odoi in the second half as Chelsea had multiple opportunities.

 

Last season, the Blues failed to convert their opportunities under Tuchel. They looked to have moved on, particularly last month, when they scored 13 goals in a row without reply when Romelu Lukaku was absent for the last three weeks.

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