After a rather incident-less first half, Chelsea started the second half much the better of the two teams, but could not find the breakthrough despite several good-to-excellent (Christensen’s open header comes to mind) chances and opportunities.
The Blues dominated and controlled proceedings to a good extent, and took plenty of shots (20+), but the scoreboard remained unwaveringly stuck on goose-eggs.
And so, the League Cup semifinal is half-way over, with the slight edge going to Arsenal since they’re at home in the second leg.
- Back-to-back 0-0s, when’s the last time that happened?
- Chelsea unbeaten in 9, but that’s 3 draws on the bounce, two of them scoreless.
- Conte’s hoodoo against Arsenal continues.
- Chelsea started in the 3-5-2, making just two changes from last week’s game against Arsenal (Rudiger in for Cahill; Drinkwater in for Bakayoko).
- Willian first sub, though he seemed to play more in midfield than as a forward, almost like the third midfielder, the runner, in the 3-5-2. Theoretically, this is a good role for him. We’ve seen Pedro do this as well, so there’s plenty of versatility and different looks to try for Conte.
- Alas, what Chelsea probably needed was another option up top rather than another midfielder — how often was Morata surrounded by 2-3, if not more defenders?
- Bakayoko for Hazard, Batshuayi for Morata the other two subs.
- Jack Wilshere injured. Again. Remarkable. Arsenal also lost Chambers to injury. What do they feed them over there?
- Next up: Leicester City at home in the league on Saturday. Would be nice to score a goal or three.