The biggest takeaways for Chelsea: Mount has a non-negotiable role in our best XI, Werner and Lukaku don’t complement each other as hoped, and Loftus-Cheek is a real option in the midfield. The loss came on a tough shot. The opponent was perhaps the best in the world. That’s it.
Honestly, nothing about this surprised me. People were writing off a City team that hadn’t started De Bruyne or Foden in a league match, and they both started here. The vibe was similar to the January match, with the difference being Tuchel’s defensive tactics vs. Lampard’s.
There was a shift in momentum in the closing minutes of the first half. Chelsea need another attacker on, either Havertz or even Ziyech. The Lukaku-Werner pairing doesn’t offer enough in build-up, and Kovacic and Kante aren’t precision passers for the most part.