Call it a hangover from international play or just simply a lapse in concentration, Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan made a pretty unusual mistake for someone with his experience to do and Chelsea took advantage to take the lead 1-0. Diego Costa finished off the play to get the goal.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 17, 2015
First, Guzan starts things off by trying to clear the ball and it went straight to an open Willian. Now, Guzan is in a supremely difficult position because he now needs to make a decision and fast. Guzan is seeing Willian barreling down on him and also knows Diego Costa is near him equally as wide open. Guzan is very much in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. Having said that, Guzan staying still in between both doesn’t do anything either.
Like trying to save a penalty kick, trying to stay down the middle usually doesn’t work. Sometimes, it’s best to make a decision. Whether you go after Willian or stay and try to get Costa, better to choose one and go for it. If they score then, that’s the way it is. But leaving both with a legitimate shot at goal isn’t the right move. This was just a calamity of errors from the American and really can’t afford that being at risk of losing both his club and country starting spot.