It’s that phase of the season again when Chelsea’s predictable tactics have begun the five-time Premier League winners’ slide out of the very upper reaches of the league table. Whether under the supervision of a defensively minded manager like Mourinho or an attack-minded one like Sarri, the Blues eventually get riddled out by their opponents sooner or later.
The historic 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium is nothing but a repercussion of this repressed, predictable football Chelsea have been displaying. Against Guardiola’s men, they did not know how to cut through the spaces in defence, handing the competitive advantage of City who dominated the game with 56% possession. This tactical analysis explains where Chelsea were lacking in both attack and defence, and how Manchester City exploited the weak elements of Sarri’s men.
Both teams played with their usual 4-3-3 formation. Chelsea’s front line was led by recent arrival Gonzalo Higuain while City’s was led by Sergio Aguero.
Chelsea lacked Sarriball coordination
Chelsea started the game with a high press. All their front players and midfielders rushed over City’s backline to disturb their build up from the back, while Chelsea’s backline stayed closer to City’s forward line.
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