Chilwell: “We Lack of Goal Ruthlessness”

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Chelsea’s left-back Ben Chilwell didn’t mince words as he dissected his team’s performance, pinpointing a glaring deficiency that ultimately cost them.

Ben Chilwell, Chelsea’s vice-captain, attributed our loss to Nottingham Forest to a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal. The Blues experienced their first home defeat of the season against Steve Cooper’s team, with Anthony Elanga’s second-half strike sealing a 1-0 victory for the visitors.

Despite Chelsea’s 21 attempts on goal, they struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, in contrast to Forest’s seven attempts. Chilwell emphasized that outperforming opponents in statistics doesn’t always translate to earning three points.

“Very frustrating result and everyone if very disappointed in the changing room right now. If you look at the stats we dominated the game, had the possession, but the most important stat is the goals. We lost in that department and lost the game, that is the black and white of it and we need to improve,” Ben said post-match.

“Mistakes are part of football, and it is about how you recover from those mistakes and try and get back into games.”

Chilwell stated that they did not react well enough to going a goal down, despite having 40 minutes to find a solution.

“After we conceded we get too erratic which suited them more and we lost control of the game which is not what we wanted and that is what we need to improve, continuing to play our football after conceding.

“It is a very new team still and a lot of new players still trying to find their feet at a new club, you have to understand their playing styles but it is a game we still should be winning. No excuses. We will hopefully turn this round as the confidence grows,” he added.

The left back insisted that that there are still signs for optimism.

“We are moving in the right direction. Every game we have controlled possession and the majority of matches we have played. We need to finish chance, be more ruthless and stay composed to get back into game. That’s the final bit, finishing our chances.”

 

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