Chelsea’s struggles in front of goal continued over the weekend as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had plenty of opportunities, taking a whopping 27 shots with eight on target and holding onto 69% of the possession. But their failure to capitalize on those chances ultimately cost them the game.
Graham Potter, the Chelsea boss, took responsibility for the loss, acknowledging that his side had dominated the match but failed to find the net. Chelsea’s scoring woes have been a persistent issue throughout the season, with their 29 goals scored is lower than 12 of their Premier League competitors. Their expected goals figure of 2.09 on Saturday only added to the frustration.
The result means Chelsea has slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League table, putting more pressure on Potter, who fans have heavily criticized. Some sections of Stamford Bridge were even heard jeering the team during the match, with the hashtag ‘Potter out’ trending on social media post-match.
Despite the mounting pressure, former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has urged the club to stick with Potter, insisting that he’s the right man for the job. However, Chelsea must find a way to solve their scoring issues to climb back up the table and salvage their season.