Tactical Analysis: Tottenham 2 – 4 Chelsea

Tactical Analysis: Tottenham 2 – 4 Chelsea

A decisive 3 points for the blue part of London as they firmly hold their place atop the EPL table. AVB left red faced as Chelsea’s Italian gaffer controlled his emotions.

An absolute tactical battle ensued on the pitch and my word did AVB impress me. He has learnt from his previous mistakes and tried to pick out the weaknesses in the Chelsea squad.

This was Chelsea’s general movement throughout the game –

Self explanatory.

Tactical talking points –

(1) Roberto shifting Ramires to the left

Gareth Bale was all pumped up to give in a match winning performance for AVB. Fate on the other hand had different plans. His wife moved into labor in the last minute and he withdrew himself from the team-sheet. Dembele was not included as well.

Di Matteo on hearing this fantastic piece of news, quickly informed Ramires to shift himself to the left and Mikel to the right.

Sigurdsson was brought on for Bale and Huddlestone for Dembele. Neither of them have pace. AVB’s counter-attacking philosophy revolves on the wide players bursting through the flanks and cutting in. At the same time, Defoe finds space in between the center-backs to exploit the area between, while Dembele and Dempsey drag the defensive midfielders and the back 4 out of place with their respective movement.

Thats why I said Oscar would find it tough to close in on Dembele as his movement is very mobile in my tactical preview. It looks kind off like this after I watched their game against United.

The dotted line’s represent how the wide players cut in with their pace and trickery.

With Sigurdsson playing for Bale on the left, Tottenham’s counter became weak. Hence it was all on Lennon for 90 minutes and he did well. By shifting Ramires to the right, Lennon was well covered and MAZACAR plus Torres had more pace on the break with the Brazillian by their side.

(2) Torres’s work-rate is one of the best in Europe and RDM”S philosphy of shifting formations (4-1-1-4)

Torres in my opinion has been so influential in our wins. Though he might not have had an impact as great as that of MAZACAR, he is definitely close. Despite that fact that he has not gotten his name onto the score-sheet, he has worked really hard. He confused the Tottenham defensive line of Gallas and Caulker. Him doing so resulted in Cahill’s beautiful volley. He ran away as soon as the ball was kicked from the corner. Gallas thought he was still marking Fernando and in mid-air realized he was gone. Hence his clearance became weak due to loss of focus, which allowed Cahill to boot the ball towards Friedel’s goal. Moreover he drifted wide and messed up their man-marking system.

Usually he moves both the directions, but RDM wanted Fernando to move to the right and this let Oscar and Ramires to push up into a 4-1-1-4. I noticed this kind off formation, only in this game for the first time. Hats off Roberto !

Each attack was based on such a formation. When Chelsea first plotted the holy trinity of MAZACAR on the team-sheet against Stoke, pundits were quick to point out the problem of width. Chelsea initially answered to this problem by pushing the fullbacks further but the drawback was that Cole and Ivanovic found themselves in awkward positions. Striking examples include Cole’s goal against Stoke and Ivanovic’s volley against Norwich.
With Tottenham having Bale and Dembele, we could not leave space at the back of our fullbacks for them to exploit. Thus by remaking our front 4 , we were more attack minded, while being solid in the flanks as Tottenham find it difficult to direct play through the middle.
Torres made a mess of two good chances but honestly I do not care. As long as he sticks to the tactics of RDM and works hard for the team, we will still be scoring bucket-load of goals.

The part where Torres was through on goal and the ball was knicked from him was a case of him not being a natural assister.

He has become less selfish. More about the lion on the chest than the name on the back. With this whole false 9 thing revolving around his head, he was looking for a pin-point pass. Sadly for him, luck wasn’t on his side. The Liverpool Torres would not have passed to Mata in the Euro 2012 finals.
In my eyes though, RDM’s intelligence in picking out tactics has increased.
Sterner tests are coming up against Shakthar and United and I personally cannot wait !

Come on Chelsea ! Carefree since 1905.
Sherry Philips (@bluebloodSherry), Deputy Editor
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26 Comments
  1. David Okunwobi says

    Sherry . RDM has to do something about FT.have been studying d old FT and d chelsea FT for some time now and I have to be honest with. He is still far from being.this may be a contrast to your views ,sherry.but u have to watch torres all round play iat Liverpool and you will pickout what am saying.I am praying for and I do pray he doesn't end up like the ukrainian. NICE WRITEUP AGIN. AI

  2. David Okunwobi says

    Sherry . RDM has to do something about FT.have been studying d old FT and d chelsea FT for some time now and I have to be honest with. He is still far from being.this may be a contrast to your views ,sherry.but u have to watch torres all round play iat Liverpool and you will pickout what am saying.I am praying for and I do pray he doesn't end up like the ukrainian. NICE WRITEUP AGIN. AI

  3. Anonymous says

    Absolutely fantastic! U opened more discussion on tactics which is quite evolving.

  4. Anonymous says

    Absolutely fantastic! U opened more discussion on tactics which is quite evolving.

  5. Anonymous says

    Confidence is the problem to Torres. I still believe he will come good at least 20 goals.

  6. Anonymous says

    Confidence is the problem to Torres. I still believe he will come good at least 20 goals.

  7. Anonymous says

    I know Torres is really working for the team, but it is like his confidence is not back yet.
    Because the Torres of old wont be missing all those one on one opportunities.

  8. Anonymous says

    I know Torres is really working for the team, but it is like his confidence is not back yet.
    Because the Torres of old wont be missing all those one on one opportunities.

  9. Anonymous says

    Nice article & indebth analysis. Let's just pray Chelsea keep winning cus, you may or may not believe it, Torres is not what he used to be. with the caliber of att. midfielders Chelsea parade, we do not need a false 9 like Torres. l rather go for sturidge

  10. Anonymous says

    Nice article & indebth analysis. Let's just pray Chelsea keep winning cus, you may or may not believe it, Torres is not what he used to be. with the caliber of att. midfielders Chelsea parade, we do not need a false 9 like Torres. l rather go for sturidge

  11. Anonymous says

    I believe that if Torres had played just how he did, without changing nothing, but was lucky to score one of those two chances, people wouldn't be moaning.
    He was unlucky but played well. Be patient people.

  12. Anonymous says

    I believe that if Torres had played just how he did, without changing nothing, but was lucky to score one of those two chances, people wouldn't be moaning.
    He was unlucky but played well. Be patient people.

  13. Zane says

    His first 18 months overshadow his current form in most people's minds. There's two different types of people in society. You get thinkers and you get those who just watch and move along with the world.

  14. Zane says

    His first 18 months overshadow his current form in most people's minds. There's two different types of people in society. You get thinkers and you get those who just watch and move along with the world.

  15. Konark Antani says

    The more games go by, the more I admire Di Matteo. He's sticking to his line-up but he's changing the tactics according to the opposition ! Playing to our strengths, and their weaknesses at the same time.

  16. Konark Antani says

    The more games go by, the more I admire Di Matteo. He's sticking to his line-up but he's changing the tactics according to the opposition ! Playing to our strengths, and their weaknesses at the same time.

  17. papie says

    I have come to realize that rationalizing with some of the extreme Torres haters is a fruitless exercise. I hope that he shuts them up with a 20 goal haul this season. He was a little sloppy with his chances this weekend, but his movement off the ball and with the ball was fantastic.

    We'll never have the Torres of liverpool, this team has too many scoring options unlike liverpool. But I for one, don't mind the Torres of now. He's a team player, he's a hard worker and he delivers when needed ask Arsenal is you don't believe me.

  18. papie says

    I have come to realize that rationalizing with some of the extreme Torres haters is a fruitless exercise. I hope that he shuts them up with a 20 goal haul this season. He was a little sloppy with his chances this weekend, but his movement off the ball and with the ball was fantastic.

    We'll never have the Torres of liverpool, this team has too many scoring options unlike liverpool. But I for one, don't mind the Torres of now. He's a team player, he's a hard worker and he delivers when needed ask Arsenal is you don't believe me.

  19. Anonymous says

    Do u really celebrate more than these haters when he scores? These are just frustrated people who think they are at a level to be celebrating hat tricks and yet. Its just that fans expect him to have settled after a season and half in Chelsea and besides, he had EPL experience already

  20. Anonymous says

    Do u really celebrate more than these haters when he scores? These are just frustrated people who think they are at a level to be celebrating hat tricks and yet. Its just that fans expect him to have settled after a season and half in Chelsea and besides, he had EPL experience already

  21. Zane says

    I get an internal satisfaction when he scores.

  22. Zane says

    I get an internal satisfaction when he scores.

  23. Zane says

    Papie where in South Africa are you from?

  24. Zane says

    Papie where in South Africa are you from?

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