Ronald Koeman: Chelsea have “defensive problems”

Another tough test awaits on Saturday as Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge, and Cahill is desperate to bag the three points and get back on track.


“For sure we know it’s a hard opponent”.

While Koeman’s side are slowly getting into groove after an early exit from the Europa League, Chelsea are still in first gear and lost their fifth game of the season in midweek against Porto. I think before we needed too many chances to score goals, or to kill the game sometimes but that’s going well’. “What is important is football for me”. Mourinho will be without the injured Willian, while Oscar, Radamel Falcao and Pedro are all doubtful, per Delaney.

Chelsea’s success last season was built on their defensive strength but Courtois’ absence, together with Branislav Ivanovic’s dramatic loss of form and John Terry’s frequent demotion to the bench, means the back-four is not what it was.

The Portuguese said: “In everything you do in life, you need confidence to be better”. “Maybe they are struggling a little bit more this season”.

The overhaul did not have the desired effect, with Chelsea slumping to a 2-1 defeat that reinforced the view that Mourinho’s side this season are a shadow of the team that eased their way to the Premier League title in May.

“We know we can have a good result if we play at our level because we had two draws against them last year, that belief we had last year we have to show again”.

“He is a player who has my total confidence”.


Former Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand – who received an England call-up on Thursday – will return to Stamford Bridge for only the second time since leaving the club to join Southampton, while midfielder Jordy Clasie could make the squad after returning to training this week.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman 
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