Cesc Fabregas has blamed Chelsea’s struggles this season on the club’s front men and their lack of goals, something which could ultimately see them miss out on Champions League football.
Antonio Conte’s side go into tonight’s game with Huddersfield two points behind Tottenham and three behind Liverpool who have played a game more, but have a significantly superior goal difference to the Blues. This means that they are relying on their rivals slipping up in order to be dining at Europe’s top table next season.
Last year, Chelsea romped to the Premier League title with relative ease, led by Diego Costa and Eden Hazard who scored 20 and 16 goals respectively. They hit the net 85 times in the league last term, averaging 2.24 goals per game.
However, with Diego Costa shown the door and the team now being led by Alvaro Morata, the team’s goals-per-game figure has dropped to 1.69.
This season’s top scorer Eden Hazard has seen his goal output drop to just 12, while £58 million summer signing Alvaro Morata has found the net just 11 times in the league.
Despite an upturn in form in recent weeks, with the Blues winning their last five matches in all competitions, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has blamed their current league position on the attacking players not being clinical enough:
“We are taking more chances because we are winning, and that’s the most important [thing],” he told Sky Sports.
“I think defensively as well, we have been keeping clean sheets.
“But the biggest regret this season, it’s been up front, not taking our chances. We have had many, many chances to score in games, to win games that we didn’t win.
“We could have won more if we had been more clinical and that’s been our weakest point this season.'”