It’s only been a week since Maurizio Sarri made a grand addition in Chelsea’s squad in the form of Gonzalo Higuain with the aim of enhancing Chelsea’s attacking strength. However, his boys still faced an embarrassing 4-0 defeat which slipped them out of the Champions League qualification spots where they’ve been for a while.
The defeat is not in any way attributable to the Argentine international who just made his debut and still needs time to set himself up in Sarri’s Chelsea. It was rather both the laxity of Chelsea’s defence and the gap in Chelsea‘s playmaking squad which was all behind the latest loss.
Throughout the 90 minutes, Chelsea couldn’t create any significant chance except Kovacic’s headed shot which hit the crossbar out of the Croatian’s hard luck. This tactical analysis explains how Chelsea were stung by their flawed tactical schemes in both attacking and defensive phases and how Bournemouth’s pressing scheme worked wonders.
Chelsea played with their usual 4-3-3 set up featuring debutant Gonzalo Higuain leading the front line. Meanwhile, Bournemouth started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up but mostly played with a more defensive 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2 formation since they were not the ones dominating the possession.
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