Chelsea FC. Tactics & Analysis. WAGNH.
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On a day that Chelsea struggled to find the break through against a lackluster Manchester United, Ramires's physicality, speed and energy play a crucial role in setting up a counter-attacking goal.
Goals from Mata, Terry and Torres (yes, really!) put Chelsea through. We break the buildups to the goals down and take a closer look. Pics, GIF and words!
With the title seemly heading to Old Trafford, Man City and Chelsea prepares to fight for scraps. We take a look at City's tactical approach, their Plan B and weakness ahead of Sunday.
Their attacking adventures on the left wings left Wigan exposed to lethal Chelsea counter-attacks down that side with Ramires and Azpilicueta running the show.
Newcastle started brightly and punished a poor Villa in the first half. Villa improved after change of personnel and formation at halftime, but it was not enough to get a result.
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Chelsea dominated the game in the first half, passing quickly and moving purposefully. Arsenal improved drastically after the break, but the home side hung on to a narrow 2-1 win. Charts, screen caps and words. So many words.
Finishing fourth is now just like winning a title and Arsenal challenge Chelsea in order to put their name on that trophy at the end of the season. Here's a tactical preview outlining what the Blues can expect from Arsenal come Sunday.
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The interim manager gives black-and-white answers to the squad rotation questions, leaving more nuanced inquiries unexplained.
Arsenal started bright but faded quickly as well. Southampton were defensively compact and forced Arsenal into mistakes through hard pressing. Wenger's second half changes didn't work as his team continued to play poorly.
Despite dominating the possession early on, Fulham only found a break through from a counter when West Brom improved. The Baggies attacked from the wide areas; Lukaku posed a great threat. Fulham finds winner with a bit of directness.
Hazard's misplaced pass set off a series of Chelsea mistakes that led to the early goal by Steven Pienaar. Cole, Azpilicueta and David Luiz all played a role in this setback.
Chelsea struggled early on with 4-3-3 but improved after a switch back to the familiar 4-2-3-1. Everton attacked down the left while leaving space behind for the visitors to exploit. Chelsea wins without controlling the midfield.
United dominated the first half, attacking down the flanks. West Brom were better after the break, but couldn't score and couldn't deal with substitute Robin van Persie.
The attack had little width and got crowded at the center. But Mata's talent sublimely capped off a buildup that was going nowhere.
Benitez made small tactical changes to the team—sacrificing fluidity in attack to bring stability in defense—and earn a goalless draw in his first game as a Chelsea manager.
A cautious first half was followed by an explosive second half as goals forced both teams to be proactive. On-form Juan Mata wins the game for Chelsea.