A few weeks ago we were guilty of heaping praise on Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Some pundits said it was perhaps the best away performance by an English side in Europe ever.
Now that Diego Simeone’s troops have been exposed as a side who can’t beat Qarabag at home (or away for that matter), and Chelsea have conceded six goals in two games to Roma, you have to say that we all may have got a tad carried away with the Blues’ display in Madrid.
Chelsea’s troubles are difficult to ignore in the wake of their 3-0 defeat in Rome.
Antonio Rudiger’s return to his former home went spectacularly badly with the German defender exhibiting some baffling decision-making throughout the game.
Rudiger was joined by fellow defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz in what will likely go down as the worst ten seconds of defending of the season…
It may not have led to a goal but it was the sort calamitous defending you’d expect to see on a Sunday morning at your local park.
Defending-enthusiast Antonio Conte is probably still twitching at the mere memory of it.
Atletico Madrid’s underwhelming draw at home to Qarabag means Chelsea still have a four-point lead over the La Liga club in second place and are likely to qualify for the round of 16.
However, given that Man United are the guests of honour at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Chelsea players can expect a few hours of defensive drills this week.
Inevitably, one Twitter user has added Benny Hill music to the passage of play for your enjoyment…