Barren Blues forwards did not even hit the target against Basel.
Taking into account all of the goals scored, assists provided and chances created by Chelsea's mis-firing striking trident of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, then the three Blues are responsible for a paltry return of one goal every 340 minutes of Premier League football, one assist every 340 minutes and one key chance created every 85 minutes.
The attackers also appear gun-shy when looking at their collective on-target haul as, dividing their accurate shots tally from their combined domestic minutes played, then they are responsible for testing the opposition goal-keeper once every 60 minutes.
Jose Mourinho's need for a quality front-man is common knowledge yet the team's performance in Switzerland against FC Basel in the group stage of the Champions League once again highlighted their striker's inefficiency in front of goal.
0 – Chelsea failed to register a single attempt on goal in the first half v Basel. Blunted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 26, 2013
Throughout the whole 90 minutes, though, Chelsea did enjoy roughly half the possession (48%) despite playing away from home. However, FC Basel attempted 15 shots, seven of which were on target - with Mohamed Salah's 87th minute shot finally slipping through Petr Cech's grasp and into the net.
In contrast, Chelsea managed just one shot on goal - and it was off target, as Ramires sent the ball wide late in the second half.
To confound matters for Mourinho, the Portuguese will be without Samuel Eto'o for an, as yet, unknown period of time as he awaits a scan from a suspected muscular injury. Torres replaced the Cameroonian last night, but failed to make an impact.
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