Chelsea must become more ruthless in front of goal if they are to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season.
That’s the verdict of Match of the Day pundit Phil Neville, who has been critical of Chelsea’s lack of composure in front of goal in recent weeks, and particularly so in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal, when the Blues had 19 attempts at goal, compared to the Gunners’ two.
On Match of the Day, the pundits analysed Chelsea’s shot conversion rate at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues scoring just 16 goals from 212 shots at goal, at a rate of just 7.55 per cent.
Only Crystal Palace (7.46 per cent) and Watford (6.29 per cent) have a lower shot conversion rate than Chelsea in home games this season, and Martin Keown said that given the statistics, it is a miracle Chelsea are in fourth place.
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Meanwhile, Phil Neville said converting chances is the one key area the Blues must improve as they try to cling on to fourth spot, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves currently six points behind Frank Lampard’s men in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.
“You talk about ruthlessness. In a big London derby when you get chances like this, the ball comes back into the box and I think [Tammy] Abraham has got to score there. Put it in the back of the net,” he said, analysing the game on the BBC programme Match of the Day.
“But it was the amount of chances they kept creating. You would be worried if they weren’t creating chances but moments like they have got to score, Ross Barkley has got to score.
“Again, the ball comes into the box again and that’s the best chance of the game for [Michy] Batshuayi who has got to score, just put it in the back of the net. And that would have been three points to Chelsea – and that is why Frank Lampard is frustrated.
“They are creating chances. The game at…