Chelsea verdict: Blues and Tuchel need to learn that they’ve target on back and teams will set up to defend against them
WINNING the Champions League is one concern, nonetheless Chelsea learnt the laborious approach that defending it’s going to be one completely different concern utterly, even with a stronger squad.
Romelu Lukaku may need been launched in to assist safe one completely different Premier League title, nonetheless the Blues have to current additional than merely that within the occasion that they’re excessive about European glory as quickly as additional.
For this 12 months they do not appear to be unfancied or the underdogs, a gaggle final 12 months who some opponents had been additional prepared to play open soccer against.
Instead they’re right up there with an infinite target on their back, thought of one in all many giant weapons who opposition managers concern almost certainly basically essentially the most.
In simple having enjoyable with phrases, that means sides like Zenit packing out the defence and midfield and powerful the Blues to break them down.
Every time Chelsea acquired possession the white shirts ordinary slender, inflexible strains and made it so troublesome to play by way of them.
What that did was scale back the choices to slide balls by way of for the runs of Lukaku, and that they’d been discovered wanting out giant.
With Hakim Ziyech largely nameless it was left to Mason Mount to be the one participant displaying some creativity, nonetheless other than the ever-willing Lukaku he was missing in others to uncover.
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The electrical, and direct, tempo of Christian Pulisic was badly missed and so too the guile of Kai Havertz who was left on the bench from the beginning.
Tuchel clearly wished an organised current pretty than setting out to be expansive and ingenious – nonetheless when the primary probability of slipping in to Lukaku didn’t work the Blues shortly ran out of concepts.
One concern’s for constructive, Juventus and Malmo will have seen how Zenit aggravated Chelsea so merely, simply by being organised and disciplined.
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Whether it’s off-the-cuff inventiveness from avid players like Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi or Ruben Loftus Cheek. Or that hazard of tempo provided by Pulisic or Timo Werner.
But having enjoyable with straight strains against teams who keep defending in straight strains goes to make it laborious for them to make exact progress all through the Champions League this season.
Manager and avid players need to learn shortly they can’t all the time rely on Big Rom.
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