Chelsea lost to Nottingham Forest at home for the first time this year. Shortly after the break, Anthony Elanga scored the game-winning goal, giving the opposition all three points.
Chelsea made 21 tries to score, compared to Forest’s seven. Nevertheless, despite dominating the statistics, clear opportunities to score goals were infrequent. Ben Chilwell stressed that earning three points doesn’t necessarily result from having superior stats against the opposition.
The left-back was quoted by Chelseafc.com as saying, “quite frustrating result and everyone in the changing room is quite disappointed right now. If you look at the metrics, we controlled the game and had the most of the possession, but the goals are the most crucial figure.
Ben said following the game, “We lost in that sector and lost the game, that is the black and white of it and we need to improve. Football blunders are a given; what matters is how you bounce back and attempt to reenter contests.
“We lost control of the game after we surrendered, which was not what we planned. Our inconsistent play suited them better. We need to get better at keeping the ball in play after conceding. “This is still a very young team, and there are many new players trying to settle in at a new club. You have to understand their playing styles, but this is still a game we ought to be winning. No justifications. As confidence rises, hopefully we can turn things around, he continued.
Chilwell did note that there are still reasons to be upbeat.
We’re headed in the right path, I think. We have been in control of the ball for the majority of the games we have played. To get back into games, we must capitalize on opportunities, become more ruthless, and maintain composure. That completes the process and ends our prospects.