Chelsea recorded their first win after two games under Thomas Tuchel following impressive display to brutalize Sean Dyche’s Burnley
Chelsea revitalize their top 4 chase today after triumphing over Burnley in a 2-0 scoresheet.
One of the qualities hailed by everyone is the boys willingness to learn from the new manager despite the sudden sack of Frank Lampard.
In Chelsea’s last two games, a new system has been seen displayed as the side kickstart hard on the Tuchel era.
We look at some of the ways Chelsea managed to penetrate through into Burnley’s defense and also managed to keep them off their zone.
Luring out the Center Back
This has for long been Thomas Tuchel’s main way of penetrating into any defense line no matter how strong and organized it was planned at the backroom.
Chelsea did this in Tuchel’s first game but it appears he picked the wrong squad to start having just trained just once with them then.
But the game today with his more impressed pick, Chelsea perfected what they had attempted against Wolverhampton.
The Wingers were always seen dropping in between the lines as this perfectly draws the enemy center back out of their positions.
While out of position, Chelsea’s wide attackers will be presented a golden opportunity to attack massively. One of the names loving this role so much is Hudson-Odoi who is always ready to attack.
The image above shows Pulisic dangling in between 3 Burnley which included one major Center Back who his emergence to come claim the ball helped created a wide space at the back for Hudson-Odoi to outrun and attack.
Similar thing occurred against Wolverhampton as the image below shows.
Formation switch After Taking The Lead
This was one of the things that created opportunity for Chelsea’s second goal as Tuchel took advantage of Burnley’s hunger for an equalizer.
While Blues were 1 goal up, entering into the second half, Sean Dyche’s men wanted to attack hard so as to find an equalizer goal.
But not knowing this hands Tuchel the opportunity to prey on the potential weak defense. Tammy Abraham was then pulled and Christian Pulisic inserted, leaving the American and Werner up front at two attackers.
Chelsea then switched from their initial 3-4-3 to 3-4-1-2, leaving Mason Mount to the center as the only number 10 which he greatly enjoyed.
Now each time, Mason is targeted for a pass, Werner and Pulisic set for a run so as to provide the English man an option once he receives the ball.
As you can in the image above, the formation switch handicapped Burnley’s defense as Pulisic and Werner were always running in between the Center Back and the Full Back.
Mount really impressed in this role as he was quickly finding spaces to push the ball through to Werner or Pulisic.
Chelsea also were brilliant in their defense, not just the attacking duties were met.
Tuchel maintained his highline defensive pattern as that suppressed Burnley’s attackers into their own half at most times, limiting chances they could carve out.
The home team’s impressive defense was mathematically expressed in Burnley’s only shot having to come only at the 94th minute of the game as the shot wasn’t even on target.
Chelsea now sit 6 points behind Leicester City as a win against next fixture’s Tottenham will bolster their hopes for a top 4 finish.
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