Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has highlighted a weakness in the Chelsea squad.
Yes, a weakness. In the Chelsea squad.
“I don’t think there are weaknesses in the first XI but the problem will be if they lose a main player for a length of time,” the 36-year-old told Sky Sports.
“No team can cover that - if Ronaldo was missing for Real Madrid they couldn’t, and it would be the same with Chelsea if Diego Costa was out for any length of time, even though they have Drogba and Remy.
“It’s ok missing the odd game but if anyone is out for any length of time like Matic, Fabregas, Costa or Hazard - a player from the spine of the team - it would affect Chelsea. It has an impact on any team if your best players are out, you need that luck.”
The point that Carragher makes is valid. Nemanja Matic was suspended against Newcastle United, and Chelsea lost 2-1. Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are indispensable, and so is the back-four.
But Chelsea do have strength and depth in the squad. Oscar has shown that he can change positions and play well, John Obi Mikel can still do the job and Loic Remy was headhunted by Jose Mourinho in the summer transfer window for a reason.
Of course, a long-term injury to Costa, Fabregas or Hazard will be a blow to Chelsea, but until and unless all of them are out at the same time, one suspects that the London outfit will be just fine.