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Chelsea’s striking problem: How do the Blues get their misfiring forwards back on form? [30,4,2021]

Chelsea’s striking problem Chelsea are on an incredible run under Thomas Tuchel. Since the German took charge, they’ve lost just two of their last 22 games, moved into the top four in the Premier League, reached the FA Cup final, and take an away goal into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, with the score at 1-1.

However, Tuchel has made it clear there is one area where he wants to see more from his team: scoring goals.

Chelsea’s striking problem “It’s a bit of a conundrum for Tuchel because at the same time, he does give them a lot in that forward position with his speed and his intensity.

“I was at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City and I spent a few minutes just watching him off the ball and he’s amazing to watch because he’s just so energetic. He’s always moving, making great runs all the time, always looking for the ball and always looking to cause defenders problems.

“We saw in that City game one of his runs came off and he got in behind to set up Hakim Ziyech’s goal, but he’s just not putting the ball in the back of the net himself enough and that is what, ultimately, he’s going to be judged by.

“That’s why Tuchel is so frustrated.”

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“We can’t just blame Werner for Chelsea’s scoring troubles because he’s actually setting up a lot of goals himself. He’s being useful to the team but there is a collective lack of cutting edge at Chelsea.

“It was obviously the same for Frank Lampard. There were so many press conferences where he bemoaned his side failing to kill games off and failing to take chances. So, it’s clearly a big problem for them despite all the investment they’ve made in the attacking areas of the pitch over the last year.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher joins Peter Smith to look ahead to Manchester United’s Super Sunday clash with Liverpool. He assesses United’s big Europa League semi-final win over Roma and where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to strengthen if they are to be Premier League challengers next season. Plus, he gives his verdict on Liverpool’s top four hopes – and how they can come out on top in their must-win trip to Old Trafford.

Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright is also on the show, discussing Chelsea’s misfiring strikers ahead of their clash with Fulham, and also offering his insight on Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Villarreal, what needs to change before next week’s second leg, and the wider ownership debate which has led to fan protests. He also shares his Pitch for what he thinks will happen in the Premier League this weekend!


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