Manager Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea to rediscover their ruthless streak after Arsenal left Stamford Bridge with a goalless draw in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
It was the second consecutive 0-0 draw, coming four days on from Championship side Norwich City restricting the Premier League champions to a scoreless stalemate.
“We shot 20 times. We created chances to score, but we didn’t take them,” Conte lamented at a post-match news conference.
“I think in the last period we must be more clinical, better offensively. Otherwise, if you don’t score, if you’re lucky the game finishes in a draw.
“After Norwich it’s the second 0-0 in a row. We have to reflect on this and try to improve during training sessions and try to improve in this situation.
“Honestly, I think you must be worried if you don’t create chances to score and it becomes very difficult to score. This team in every game creates chances to score.
“This season maybe we’re a bit unlucky. We’re not so good to take these chances. My speech is not for the strikers. For example, Christensen had two fantastic opportunities to score.
“I think we have to improve with all the players, not only the strikers or midfielders. When you have the chance you have to score, especially in these games.”
Alvaro Morata’s personal goal drought extended to four matches, while defender Andreas Christensen proved ill-suited to the task when two golden headed opportunities fell his way after half-time.