Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson once said that 'attack wins you games, but defence wins you titles, ' and having watched the first half at Stamford Bridge, former United defender Rio Ferdinand predicted that the lack of defensive awareness displayed on both sides means that neither will be challenging in May. The amount of sloppy play on display was nearly jarring at times given the stature of the clubs involved, with errors all over the field, especially at the beginning of the match.
"I think that the players were very good in the second half".
Maurizio Sarri started with a win against Huddersfield in something resembling the Sarri-ball 4-3-3 which so impressed at Napoli, while Unai Emery's group did OK in a 2-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola's all-destroying Man City. The defensive phase of all the team, all the players.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spurned a glorious chance just moments before Morata's strike, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also blazed over from a fine position in the box after the Gunners went two goals behind.
And Kovacic is set to get that at Chelsea with Sarri planning to partner him with N'Golo Kante and Jorginho in a midfield three. A 2-0 lead should have been more than enough for Chelsea to see the game out at home. And if their finishing had been a bit sharper, they might have taken a point or three as well.
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Here are the major talking points from the game.
After going down by two goals, they could've packed it in.
Sokratis has got to come back there and pick up the first player.
"Calm", Emery said, when asked how he viewed Arsenal's season after their winless start. I think he's not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow, for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used.
Doug McIntyre covers soccer for Yahoo Sports.