At an electric Commerzbank-Arena, Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea were both looking to gain an advantage going into the second leg. Frankfurt, without Ante Rebić and Sebastian Haller, were looking to continue their impressive home form in the Europa League. While Chelsea were as offensive minded as ever, and looked to find an away goal that would put them in a good position going into the second leg. Chelsea, of course, did find this away goal, and could possibly have scored more on the day thanks to an impressive performance against a team capable of doing real damage, as they showed early on.
In this tactical analysis, I will show how Frankfurt started so well with some excellent out of possession work and how Jorginho took control of the game in the second half to guide Chelsea to a pleasing result.
Frankfurt went with a familiar 3-5-2, with a slight variation being the role of Mijat Gaćinović, which is a role I will analyse later as a key role in the game. Chelsea also went with their usual system, unsurprisingly, but without Eden Hazard who was left on the bench.
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