Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has dissected Chelsea's Champions League semifinal performance and concluded that the club lack creativity.
The former defender states that it is a baffling situation considering the amount of money owner Roman Abramovich has spent on a core of attackers that includes Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle and that even Spanish playmaker Juan Mata was deemed surplus to requirements in the middle of the season.
"You'd think with the attacking talent and the money that has been spent on the Chelsea team - even this season and previously with a lot of big-money signings from Roman Abramovich - to score two goals in six Champions League semi-final games isn't enough," asserted Carragher on Sky Sports.
"We understand [Jose Mourinho is] a great tactician in terms of setting a team up and being difficult to beat but when you have an off night, as they did against Atletico, this Chelsea team doesn't have enough creativity in it."
Atletico defeated Chelsea by a 3-1 winning margin on the night and on aggregate to set up an all-Madrid final against local neighbours Real, dumping the Blues out of the competition.
Oscar, a 22-year-old Brazilian, has won praise throughout the season for his 83% passing accuracy, his creation of 46 goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates, his defensive contributions (64 tackles) and, mostly, for his eight goals and two assists in Premier League competition.
Carragher, though, may be hinting that the youngster does not yet have the quality that he is perceived to already have: "Oscar, who was on the bench, still flatters to deceive."
He continued: "I like Hazard, I like Willian. We know that Juan Mata wasn't Jose Mourinho's type of player and he's gone but they definitely lack creativity off the front and in central midfield to open teams up when the defence has an off night."