Chelsea out to avoid FA Cup upset
Chelsea must take nothing for granted ahead of Brentford clash
Right now, the thought of Chelsea winning a major trophy again is a little far-fetched.
Rafael Benitez's side are in trouble, having had a poor mid-week result as Swansea knocked the Blues out of the Capital One Cup, and now they face a potential banana skin in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
On Sunday, the Stamford Bridge club make the short trip to Brentford, a team who will need no motivation as they bid to spring yet another cup upset.
Lets be honest, if Chelsea play to their full potential, they should win easily. However, the way they have been playing recently suggests they are not capable of performing like we all know they should be able to. If Brentford get stuck in and make it difficult for Chelsea to maintain possession, as Swansea did on Wednesday, then an upset is very possible.
Chelsea's tactics seem to be either keep the ball on the ground and play through the defence, or swing in long balls and crosses. When these tactics fail, as they did against Swansea, Chelsea seem innocuous. Benitez lacks a plan B and he must find other ways to be creative and score goals, because when a defence stands tall and remains strong, Chelsea seem unable to score.
For Brentford, this is a no lose situation. They will come out and be aggressive in the knowledge that they are not expected to win, and therefore have no pressure on them. If they do this, an upset is possible because Chelsea's defence has not been at it's best of late, so there are weaknesses to exploit.
Chelsea have everything to lose, going out of the FA Cup would mean all their hopes of winning silverware will be on the Europa League. The pressure is on and Benitez will surely come under even more pressure should Chelsea lose on Sunday.
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