Chelsea struggled to win the Club World Cup semi-final to claim their first win of the game on Saturday.
In fact, in the second half they were VERY lucky not to concede at least 1 goal.
They lost control and let Al-Hilal get involved, in a way also thanks to them and their efforts. Champion Saudi Arabia showed a lot more confidence in the second half.
However, Chelsea couldn’t hide the elephants in the room, their Achilles’ heel is obvious after most games these days – their ability to finish is poor.
At half-time, it was all Chelsea and they had a chance to finish off their poor opponent after the break, but once again the opportunity was squandered.
Thomas TuchelTheir side lacked confidence and ideas in front of goal – and the failure to put the game to bed like FAR often happens recently.
All the fans know the rehearsal. Chelsea were leading 1-0, the other side started to come back into the game and were more confident in thinking they could get the goal back, and quite often they will.
But this time, Chelsea had a hero to thank in the blocker Kepa Arrizabalagawho closed the door on the elephant in the room – at least for today.
Kepa – who must be considered the best reserve goalkeeper in world football right now – made two world-class saves from Al Hilal to keep Chelsea in the game, of which the second is one of them for the following pages.
If it weren’t for Kepa to make some amazing saves, it could easily have happened tonight.
Of course Chelsea’s opponents are no promoters, but on nights like these, Tuchel’s men are their own worst enemies.
They had simple chances to end the game but squandered them again.
The bottom line now is of course that Chelsea win, Chelsea get to the final – and winning the games is basically everything.
But they certainly know how to make it difficult for themselves, and they have Kepa to thank for this victory.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17602887/chelsea-verdict-al-hilal-club-world-cup/ Same old story for Thomas Tuchel as the Blues failed to finish Al-Hilal in tense Club World Cup semi-final