There is no questioning that Chelsea deserved their 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool last night.
The Blues were the better team at Stamford Bridge, and even though the Reds had some good chances, they struggled to be at their usual, fluid best.
Chelsea were up for the match. Challenges flying in, second balls being won and an atmosphere hot enough to match the action.
However, for all the great play of the night, it only adds to the frustration of why Chelsea can’t repeat that in every game.
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Looking back over the course of the campaign, Chelsea’s best performances have come against the ‘big six’, where they have looked to have that extra steely edge to their game.
The Blues lost to Liverpool narrowly in the Premier League at home, with a similar result at Manchester City.
Of course, they did the double over Tottenham Hotspur with two excellent displays, while a win and a draw against Arsenal were decent results.
The one team where they have struggled against has been Manchester United, losing all three of their encounters against Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team.
But in the main, when they have needed to dig in against the bigger clubs, they have done so and pushed all the way.
However, the intensity and extra fighting spirit has often been missing when they have taken on teams who they should beat.
Often, Chelsea have dominated possession, but have lacked the spark and extra zip in their game to get all three points.
What’s the answer? Even Frank Lampard isn’t 100 per cent sure.
“I have gone over that quite a lot this season,” Lampard said. “There’s a big positive and some negatives to that. When we’ve played against teams who have defended deep and we haven’t been able to break them down.