Tactical Analysis: Chelsea vs Stoke City

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea vs Stoke City

Chelsea played one of their best games this season, with intricate and beautiful football. They were however, shy on goal and could only scrap a late winner from Ashley Cole.

How Chelsea set up

At first look you can easily see that the penalty area was always crowded and this caused a lot of problems for the Stoke defense as they needed high levels of concentration, which finally broke in the 84th minute.

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Oscar, Hazard and Mata where at each other’s places, thereby making it impossible to man mark. They found each other with intricate and creative passes, including backheels in an attempt to create space for each other.
Torres did not have much chances. He feeds on through balls and expects an attacking midfielder to see his run. Stoke defense was having none of that as they stayed tight, which forced the Chelsea midfielders to come at them due to lack of space.
Another brilliant move by Di Matteo was to finally move Ramires into a holding midfielder role. Lampard was having trouble adapting to it and he did brilliantly along with Mikel, to break threatening attacks. He was also found darting on the right flank and used his pace intelligently to win stray balls back.
Cole was good in the flanks whereas Ivanovic’s positioning was terrible. Often found him in places where he was not supposed to be and even had the cheek to dive ! He did good defensively but in a whole if the Chelsea attack has to flourish, Cesar Azpilicueta has to play. He is a brilliant attacking rightback with pin point crossing ability, which can only add more magic to this Chelsea side.
We did good work to pick up three points on Saturday and I’m just asking for more. Di Matteo was right on target with his tactics and against teams which do not park the bus like Stoke did, we can see opposition defenders frequently picking the ball back from their own net.
Sherry Philips (@bluebloodSherry)

22 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    Good one from our Coach. From his line up to his changes. In the mid field he proved something. Ramy for Lamps. Now we want to see Sturidge for Torres. Cech, cesar, cahill, luiz, betrand, romeu, ramy, oscar, mata, moses, sturidge. For the up coming Capital cup

  2. Anonymous says

    Good one from our Coach. From his line up to his changes. In the mid field he proved something. Ramy for Lamps. Now we want to see Sturidge for Torres. Cech, cesar, cahill, luiz, betrand, romeu, ramy, oscar, mata, moses, sturidge. For the up coming Capital cup

  3. Sherry Philips says

    Piazon as well ! Don't forget the young guys rearing to go . We might have Marin fit by then, so him as well if possible !

  4. Sherry Philips says

    Piazon as well ! Don't forget the young guys rearing to go . We might have Marin fit by then, so him as well if possible !

  5. Anonymous says

    But try to be starting moses or sturidge and substitute torres cos his game shows when he came in as substitution

  6. Anonymous says

    But try to be starting moses or sturidge and substitute torres cos his game shows when he came in as substitution

  7. Anonymous says

    Sherry Philips, the way you thrills me a great lot.
    Thanks for your thoughtful analysis and keep the pen rolling.
    Kenechi-Lagos, Nigeria

  8. Anonymous says

    Sherry Philips, the way you thrills me a great lot.
    Thanks for your thoughtful analysis and keep the pen rolling.
    Kenechi-Lagos, Nigeria

  9. Anonymous says

    Sherry Philips, the way you write thrills me a great lot.
    Thanks for your thoughtful analysis and keep the pen rolling.
    Kenechi-Lagos, Nigeria

  10. Anonymous says

    Sherry Philips, the way you write thrills me a great lot.
    Thanks for your thoughtful analysis and keep the pen rolling.
    Kenechi-Lagos, Nigeria

  11. bobchyke says

    I don't think I've ever commented on here before, buh right after chelseafc.com, this is the second website I visit at least 5 times every day, sometimes its frustrating as there are no new articles. Sherry, thanks a lot, you're an outstanding admin. And I wanna see more of the Azonto Epistles, what happened to it?

    I fear Arsenal, Man U, Man City and Liverpool. How do we handle these guys? Any body concerned like me about them???

  12. bobchyke says

    I don't think I've ever commented on here before, buh right after chelseafc.com, this is the second website I visit at least 5 times every day, sometimes its frustrating as there are no new articles. Sherry, thanks a lot, you're an outstanding admin. And I wanna see more of the Azonto Epistles, what happened to it?

    I fear Arsenal, Man U, Man City and Liverpool. How do we handle these guys? Any body concerned like me about them???

  13. bobchyke says

    Wait a min? Sherry, Is Piazon a Cf? Can he play in attack where torres is?

  14. bobchyke says

    Wait a min? Sherry, Is Piazon a Cf? Can he play in attack where torres is?

  15. Anonymous says

    I think piazon should be in d lineup against wolves…..bkman frm portharcout,Nigeria

  16. Anonymous says

    I think piazon should be in d lineup against wolves…..bkman frm portharcout,Nigeria

  17. Sherry Philips says

    Thanks ! Really means a lot . 🙂

  18. Sherry Philips says

    Thanks ! Really means a lot . 🙂

  19. Sherry Philips says

    He is more of a winger but on few of the games I have seen him shift to CF along with Feruz. But in a whole game, I don't think he can survive in that role.

  20. Sherry Philips says

    He is more of a winger but on few of the games I have seen him shift to CF along with Feruz. But in a whole game, I don't think he can survive in that role.

  21. Sherry Philips says

    Sorry but, I'll check on the Azonto Epistles. Not really my series !

    It will be tough but with the correct blend of experience and youth, we can actually come about with a proper win.

  22. Sherry Philips says

    Sorry but, I'll check on the Azonto Epistles. Not really my series !

    It will be tough but with the correct blend of experience and youth, we can actually come about with a proper win.

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