Tactical Analysis: FC Nordsjaelland 0-4 Chelsea FC

 Tactical Analysis: FC Nordsjaelland 0-4 Chelsea FC

A decisive win for Chelsea as they picked up 3 points to go on top of their group table. The 4-0 scoreline doesn’t do justice to the Danish Champions who played really well against the European Champions.

Lets have a look at how Di Matteo’s boys moved about.

I had done the prematch tactical analysis as well, which can be read here 
  
These are the points which turned out to be correct
#1 – The Danes sticking to their philosophy.
I had clearly mentioned that they were the Barcelona of Denmark but they had no experience of facing a tough European team. They refused to move from their philosophy and tried to play their way out of their own half. This resulted in a goal.

#2 – Pace factor and Moses HAS to start
I had mentioned that we needed pace and Di Matteo did just that by putting on Moses. Moses gave us that extra hunger for goals whenever we counter-attacked and despite him being substituted for Hazard, he had a good game.
#3 – Starting with H/M/O

Another point I had mentioned. Only two of them should start so that we can rest at least one play maker for the game against Norwich. Hazard came on in the second half and we went on to score 3 goals.

#4 – Ramires HAS to start and the Lampard / Mikel part
I had stated that he had to start and he did. Brilliantly played with Lampard in the double pivot and despite some shaky moments, Chelsea survived with a clean-sheet. Mikel could be rested for the game and Di Matteo opted for that but Lampard gave in a good performance for the boss to re-evaluate his options.
#5 – Torres must press
Torres pressed well enough to earn Chelsea’s goal. He robbed the Nordsjaelland defender from the ball, played it to Lampard who set up Mata. He looks very hungry and things are definitely going his way.

#6 – Importance of fullbacks was well highlighted
Cole and Ivanovic were always a threat when they darted forward and the partnership of Ivan and Ramires was definitely a strong point in Chelsea’s decisive score-line. 
Mtliga and John are like Baines and Piennar of Everton. They combine well with each other and Shakthar had problems dealing with them. Despite some scary incidents the Brazillian – Serbian partnership worked well once again as they controlled attack and defense.
These are the points which turned out to be wrong –

# 1 Cesar over Branislav
In my opinion Cesar offered us more in attack but Di Matteo opted for the Serbian to start. No regrets there, he played well.
There are many situations that I could pick out, that made me think different.
One of them was choosing the Luiz – Cahill partnership.
These two boys together won us the Champions League in Munich, but I believed that Terry would start, as he was banned for our Premier League games but in my opinion Di Matteo wanted to solidify the partnership of Luiz and Cahill as Terry was going to miss important games. Smart move from the Italian.
Oscar understands the modern game.
He dived once during the game and the referee continued the play. We have never had many divers at Chelsea, with the exception of Drogba, but it looks like the No.11 jersey is destined for drama. Oscar went to the floor against Stoke as well whereas Luiz did a funny one against Arsenal.
Cech will be saving us again.
He pushed the ball to the bar once and pulled out two-three important saves. He will once again be pivotal in our success. A clean sheet can go a long way and Chelsea have to be happy with the three points.
The game was very much entertaining as the Danes played their tiki-taka and the blues went around foolishly trying to stop them. When we reached the half-hour mark, I realized this game would be tough. Thanks to the lack of experience of Chelsea’s opposition and brilliant intricate play by the young boys in blue, Chelsea could put 4 past them.
The
return game will be more entertaining for sure !

Sherry Philips (@bluebloodSherry), Deputy Editor

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26 Comments
  1. basil says

    impressive..me likey this .
    keep it going good bruv 🙂

  2. basil says

    impressive..me likey this .
    keep it going good bruv 🙂

  3. Anonymous says

    Falcao 4 torres would have been beta.

  4. Anonymous says

    Falcao 4 torres would have been beta.

  5. Anonymous says

    You have no idea how Chelsea want to play and you don't know how important Torres is for that to happen. Glory hunter go away!

  6. Anonymous says

    You have no idea how Chelsea want to play and you don't know how important Torres is for that to happen. Glory hunter go away!

  7. Anonymous says

    I have not really been impressed by Torres for some time now but lately, that has began to change. You can actually see changes in is aggression level especially when he presses for the ball and that means we have our Schurrle. Then you pay attention to his strength and ariel ability and you see good changes. Then you realised that he actually had proper shots on goal which were saved. I think we already have our Falcao but sincerely hope he continues after January.

  8. Anonymous says

    I have not really been impressed by Torres for some time now but lately, that has began to change. You can actually see changes in is aggression level especially when he presses for the ball and that means we have our Schurrle. Then you pay attention to his strength and ariel ability and you see good changes. Then you realised that he actually had proper shots on goal which were saved. I think we already have our Falcao but sincerely hope he continues after January.

  9. Anonymous says

    The game was pulsating to say the least. If the Danes had a cliniical striker, it would have been good-bye ChelseaFC. That doesn't mean we didn't play well, just to say the Danes were good.
    Torres is coming to life, his confidence is growing that will eventually become goals, lots of it.
    Sherry as always your analytical articles can never be over-looked.
    Thanks and KTBFFH.
    kenechi- Lagos, Nigeria.

  10. Anonymous says

    The game was pulsating to say the least. If the Danes had a cliniical striker, it would have been good-bye ChelseaFC. That doesn't mean we didn't play well, just to say the Danes were good.
    Torres is coming to life, his confidence is growing that will eventually become goals, lots of it.
    Sherry as always your analytical articles can never be over-looked.
    Thanks and KTBFFH.
    kenechi- Lagos, Nigeria.

  11. Anonymous says

    lets call a spade a spade. torres is not back and will never be. except you have a new definition to what a striker is then our torres is no attacker at all.. u call a striker that misses one on one BACK?!? dream on son…

  12. Anonymous says

    lets call a spade a spade. torres is not back and will never be. except you have a new definition to what a striker is then our torres is no attacker at all.. u call a striker that misses one on one BACK?!? dream on son…

  13. Anonymous says

    lets call a spade a spade. torres is not back and will never be. except you have a new definition to what a striker is then our torres is no attacker at all.. u call a striker that misses one on one BACK?!? dream on son…

  14. Anonymous says

    lets call a spade a spade. torres is not back and will never be. except you have a new definition to what a striker is then our torres is no attacker at all.. u call a striker that misses one on one BACK?!? dream on son…

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  17. Sherry Philips says

    Thanks once again ! 😀

  18. Sherry Philips says

    Thanks once again ! 😀

  19. Sherry Philips says

    You have to keep hope. What would have happened if we gave up against Napoli? Against Barcelona? After the Mueller goal?

    Keep faith in him. His chances of coming back to the Liverpool Torres is tough but 5 goals in 10 games is pretty good.

  20. Sherry Philips says

    You have to keep hope. What would have happened if we gave up against Napoli? Against Barcelona? After the Mueller goal?

    Keep faith in him. His chances of coming back to the Liverpool Torres is tough but 5 goals in 10 games is pretty good.

  21. Zane says

    In my honest opinion,I think Torres has done really well actually. Five goals in ten games is good if you take in consideration the new style of play. 1: It's about adapting to a system. 2: He's been operating as a false nine most of the time,dropping deep to allow space for the likes of Mata,Hazard,Oscar and Moses. Ramires' goal in Denmark is an example of that. He made space for Oscar to run in behind him in a blink of an eye to give Ramires the tap in goal. Guys,Chelsea isn't playing direct anymore with a target man waiting upfront like Drogba did.

  22. Zane says

    In my honest opinion,I think Torres has done really well actually. Five goals in ten games is good if you take in consideration the new style of play. 1: It's about adapting to a system. 2: He's been operating as a false nine most of the time,dropping deep to allow space for the likes of Mata,Hazard,Oscar and Moses. Ramires' goal in Denmark is an example of that. He made space for Oscar to run in behind him in a blink of an eye to give Ramires the tap in goal. Guys,Chelsea isn't playing direct anymore with a target man waiting upfront like Drogba did.

  23. Anonymous says

    v.persie misses 1 on 1s,cr7 does,aguero does,even messi missed an open goal last season.some people just like no-mistake aliens.torres is human,and so is messi.falcao is a ……….

  24. Anonymous says

    v.persie misses 1 on 1s,cr7 does,aguero does,even messi missed an open goal last season.some people just like no-mistake aliens.torres is human,and so is messi.falcao is a ……….

  25. Anonymous says

    I agree finishing is quality of a striker, especially 1 on 1s. Torres finishing might have reduced but he is still a decent striker. I can confidently say that he deserved to score but he was unlucky because he played like a striker just like Jo Hart didn't deserve to concede because he played like a keeper. You must acknowledge the fact that Torres is playing better now.

  26. Anonymous says

    I agree finishing is quality of a striker, especially 1 on 1s. Torres finishing might have reduced but he is still a decent striker. I can confidently say that he deserved to score but he was unlucky because he played like a striker just like Jo Hart didn't deserve to concede because he played like a keeper. You must acknowledge the fact that Torres is playing better now.

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