Well, that was underwhelming!
Sunday progressively got seemingly worse as the day rolled on. First it was the news that Thibaut Courtois wouldn’t be in the squad. Fine, we can get by with Asmir Begovic in goal.
Then, the news that Marcos Alonso had been sick and would not feature came out. Sure, it’s not ideal, but Antonio Conte can figure it out.
Then the match happened, and the Theatre of Dreams turned into the Theatre of Nightmares as Chelsea fell to Manchester United, 2-0.
Conte had to try and get creative without his left wing-back, as he laid out Kurt Zouma, David Luiz and Gary Cahill ahead of Begovic. Victor Moses played on the right flank with Cesar Azpilicueta on the left. N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic roamed centrally, Pedro and Eden Hazard were the inside forwards and Diego Costa looked to break his four-match goalless drought up-front.
The drought would continue for the Spaniard, as the rest of the squad struggled immensely in the match and United scored quick goals at the start of each half.
Here’s what we learned from the defeat: