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Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal: all the action down the same flank

May 31, 2019
Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal: all the action down the same flank

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out now! Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half where they dominated down their left. Maurizio Sarri was able to call upon N’Golo Kante, who was declared fit to start. Andreas Christensen continued in place of the injured Antonio...
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Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea play through the early press, but Henderson’s positioning helps Liverpool win the game in the second half

April 15, 2019
Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea play through the early press, but Henderson’s positioning helps Liverpool win the game in the second half

Chelsea played through Liverpool’s press impressively before half-time, but then a 10-minute burst of pressure won Liverpool the game. Jurgen Klopp’s team selection was as expected, with the trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita – who started together in a 4-3-3 for the first time in the midweek win over Porto – again...
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Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

October 2, 2017
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

Chelsea came into this game on the back of a midweek victory at Atletico Madrid, probably the tactical performance of the season so far – they showed defensive discipline, midfield control and completely outwitted Diego Simeone’s usually-formidable Atletico. The key was Antonio Conte’s use of 3-5-2, a modification upon the 3-4-3 that won Chelsea...
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Chelsea 2-2 PSG (aet): Blanc continues with starting approach despite early red card

March 12, 2015
Chelsea 2-2 PSG (aet): Blanc continues with starting approach despite early red card

Paris Saint-Germain adapted excellently after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dismissal, and progressed on away goals courtesy of two headed goals from their centre-backs. Chelsea selection The most surprising name on the Chelsea teamsheet was Oscar, who was preferred over his fellow Brazilian Willian. This hinted at Jose Mourinho’s preferred midfield format. In defence, Gary Cahill was selected instead of...
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PSG 1-1 Chelsea: PSG dominate down the left

February 18, 2015
PSG 1-1 Chelsea: PSG dominate down the left

PSG dominated by constantly attacking effectively down the left, and Chelsea relied on Thibaut Courtois to secure a valuable away draw. PSG selection Laurent Blanc was without the likes of Thiago Motta, Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Moura through injury, which caused him problems in midfield – although the fact Blaise Matuidi was fit to start was...
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