There was nothing wrong with the overall strategy against West Ham on Sunday afternoon, it was the execution of it that was not up to top standard.
That was the verdict of David Luiz following the letting slip of points for the first time this season. Our experienced defender came back into the side having remained in England while most of the squad won in Greece midweek, and although we collected a consecutive clean sheet at West Ham, there proved to be no way through their defence so it ended goalless and honours even in our second London derby of the season.
‘Of course we are disappointed,’ said David Luiz. ‘We didn’t play a fantastic game, we didn’t create a lot. It was too slow, moving the ball to create the gaps or our movements without the ball, and that is why we couldn’t score.
‘I think our plan is fantastic,’ he confirmed. ‘On Sunday we didn’t play at our high level so that is why we didn’t win.
‘We know that many teams now are going to play against us this way, with a low block and trying to play on the counter-attack, so there was not a lot of space but it is up to us to try to find a solution.’
There is quickly chance for the Blues to get back to winning ways, and also to close the two-point gap which now exists between us and leaders Liverpool, with the knife-edge football of a knockout cup tie away against them on Wednesday, before we play the Merseysiders in our next league game, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
‘The best games are games like that,’ reckons our Brazilian back. ‘We are going to play against a fantastic team so we need to rest and be ready for both games.’