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Chelsea take 53 shots in three games... but score only five goals

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is seriously considering a change of tactics after his side's 2-1 loss to Sunderland last night.

Not for the first time this season, Chelsea's inability to kill a game off left Jose Mourinho infuriated last night.

The Blues took 22 shots on goal against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup - yet scored just once and ended up 2-1 losers.

"We are going in one direction and the right direction but it is quite frustrating," Mourinho said after the game. "Football is about getting results and it's quite frustrating as we may have to take a step back in order to be more consistent at the back.

"It's something I don't want to do, to play more counterattacking - but I'm giving it serious thought. If I want to win 1-0 I think I can as I think it is one of the easiest things in football. It is not so difficult, as you don't give players the chance to express themselves."

Might a change of tactics be the only answer for the Portuguese boss?

His side have taken 53 shots on goal in their last three games - but scored just five times. Chelsea also lost two of those games.

Creating chances is clearly the least of Mourinho's worries - but converting them is a big one.

Whether it is Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard or Juan Mata, it does seem to make a difference for the Blues. Nor does it matter whether they play Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o or a false nine up front.

How can Mourinho address the situation? Does he need to buy in January or will a change of tactics have to be implemented?

It is one of life's great unresolved questions. Answers on a postcard, please.

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