Five things we learned about Chelsea from West Brom draw

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Chelsea were nowhere near their best as they drew at home against West Brom

The returning Eden Hazard saved the Blues from a second successive defeat in the Premier League, as Chelsea generally struggled to break down a dogged and very organised West Bromwich Albion side.

The point is a valuable one for Chelsea as it allows them to stay in the top four and close the gap on league leaders Arsenal, who are due to play Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Here are five things we learned about Chelsea this afternoon.

Fernando Torres

Chelsea do miss their Spanish striker.

Samuel Eto’o poached his first goal well with a good piece of intelligent play but Torres’ ability to make different runs across the opposition defence, creates space for the midfielders to exploit.

Width

Jose Mourinho was clearly visible at points throughout the match telling his wide man to do their main job; staying wide.

Hazard has always had a tendency to come inside a little bit because he’s a very effective central player but when Willian does the same thing Chelsea become very narrow.

As good as the Blues’ central midfielders are, they do struggle to play the ball through congested areas at times.

The Back Four

Ashley Cole needs to come back into the side sooner rather than later because he adds a much better balance to the back four.

Cesar Azpilicueta is a very good defender but he’s not a natural left sided player and at times he struggled to play that role down the left of the defence, which places pressure on John Terry next to him.

Dogged

The fact Chelsea dug in and were able to get back into the match with a late equaliser is a credit to the team.

That’s the sort of determination which can make the difference over a long season and other sides could easily have just given up when it looked like the Baggies were going to see the game out.

John Obi Mikel

Time to get him into the team more regularly?

He rarely shows a desire to get up the field personally, which allows the other midfield players to focus on attacking play.

He’s also a superb player when it comes to filling in for others who get caught up the field, very useful against the time honoured counter attack method.

image: © Jason Bagley

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