Result isn’t bad in the context of the tie but that shouldn’t mask the fact that we are awful on the ball. This wasn’t the class of performance we put in at the Bridge earlier this season. We were fortunate.
Wilshere was good and his injury is a shame but was always going to happen eventually. Iwobi was pretty good on the ball and showing there’s a lot of potential there. If he’s supposed to be shit, I don’t know what to call some others in this team.
Chelsea should have been putting us to the sword with the dominance they had. Much much the better side. We applied ourselves well off the ball, which you have to credit, but no way should that be considered a good overall performance.
I know it’s effective to go for the ugly approach in away legs like this, but there was such a hideous lack of chemistry. The fact that certain players bring absolutely nothing to the table on the ball too was very inhibiting. Welbeck worked his socks off with his running but he is a total waste going forward. Xhaka worked hard defensively but again, SHIT on the ball. Sanchez came on and just overdid everything. Absolutely poor with his decisions.
Shout out to Elneny for doing a professional job when coming on.
As for VAR, it didn’t look promising tonight. Sure we want mistakes eradicated as much as possible but the implementation of it looked awful for the tempo of the game. Did itself no favours.