Tactical Analysis: 2 Ways Tuchel Used Pep Guardiola’s Intelligence Against Him

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The Blues stole a late minute winner at Etihad Stadium with goals from Marcos Alonso and Hakim Ziyech out powering Sterling’s opener.

We take a look at a tactical analysis portraying how Thomas Tuchel outfield Pep Guardiola while relying on the City manager’s intelligence.

Build Ups From Center Backs

Chelsea building up from their defense line played a pivotal role in their victory on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola tasks his wingers to always help the center forward in pressuring the opponent defenders while out of possession.

This particular technique has played a major role in City stealing balls and causing errors while close to opponents boxes.

But yesterday was a different ball game as Tuchel is already aware of this method by the former Bayern Munich boss.

During the game yesterday, Tuchel provided Manchester City wingers with the opportunity to always try helping Aguero who was the main striker.

By taking this bait, Chelsea Center Backs in return use the open wings to penetrate through and push attacks from the back.

Below are images displaying this above explanation.

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Here we can see Sterling and Gabriel Jesus leaving their wings to draw closer into the centre.

This is channeled at stealing the balls at this dangerous zone but not knowing this is a trap to have them open spaces.

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Azpilicueta now gets a wide space to receive and push the ball forward.

A huge space is created and can easily be used to dive into the midfield and outnumber City midfielders.

New and important role for N’Golo Kante using Pulisic and Reece James as Baits

This indeed tells how much of a brilliant manager Tuchel is. Sacrificing two players to open huge space for one player.

Pulisic and Reece James were the man mark task for Nathan Ake and Mendy.

Tuchel being aware of how serious and determined both defenders will be working on his men, used Kante as a weapon.

Each time Pulisic and James gets gummed by Ake and Mendy, Kante is left with a space to pierce through.

Pulisic and James were always busy dragging both men out while Kante storms in to land huge blows.

Below are images defending this claim.

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Here we can see Pulisic taking out Ake while James distracts Mendy with a run along the flank.

Kante is now left with a huge space to position for a pass.

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Here is another scenario, James and Pulisic takes on the one-two pass and Ake is busy on Pulisic while Mendy pushes close James but both men have now ignored the space behind them.

We can see Kante dashing into this space and James clearly sees him and cuts in a pass.

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We can see the amount of space created behind the both back men reducing the pressure to a 4 against 3 for Chelsea.

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This marked the second time Tuchel thrashed Guardiola with the other being the FA Cup semi finals.

Both sides are to meet for the last time this season when they go head to head on 29th May for the UCL final.

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