On the back of such a successful season, it is difficult to think of negatives. With the second best attack in the league and the best defense, Chelsea hardly put a foot wrong in the 2014/15 campaign. Yet, we know that next season the challenge will be bigger and much more difficult.
If there is one thing that needs to improve in our side, it is the number of goals and assists coming from our attacking midfielders. Eden Hazard (God bless him) has been brilliant and will continue to scale greater heights, but the duo alongside him have got to provide a lot more support. Oscar and Willian are very important players for the Blues and are integral components of the Chelsea jigsaw. But this needs to start reflecting more in terms of performance.
Oscar contributed 8 goals and 8 assists in all competitions, but once again fell away as the season progressed. His last goal came in mid-January, and the Brazilian will know that he was spared a lot of criticism because the team continued to win matches and remain top of the table. For two seasons now, he has started well, before fading away. Jose Mourinho loves his work-rate and tenacity, but with his ability and talent, Oscar has to contribute a lot more in front of goal. I would say anything below 15 goals in all competitions would be a poor return by his standards. He needs to show that he can keep his form up for a whole season, rather than showing glimpses and recoiling. This summer’s break should do him a lot of good in terms of rest and recuperation.
His counterpart Willian, on the other hand, only contributed 4 goals and 4 assists. Despite two seasons of lackluster numbers though, the Brazilian continues to be a big part of Mourinho’s plans. It is very evident why. There are few other players in our squad who would bust a lung the way he does to get back and do his defensive duties. Andre Schurrle, while much more potent in front of goal, was suspect when it came to this other aspect.
The big problem with Willian is his indecision in the final third. He gets into good areas but then appears flustered when he needs to play the final ball. In the final few games, he looked extremely lively and beat opposing players with ease using some incredible pace that we had rarely seen before. He has what it takes to become a top player but needs to work on his finishing and passing for that to happen.
It is imperative that we get more goals from midfield next season. To retain the Premier League, and also to mount a better challenge in the Champions League. We need Oscar and Willian to step their game up and win matches on their own.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi
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