Maurizio Sarri‘s Chelsea to many people’s surprise came out on top against Manchester City with an impressive 2 – 0 Win to retain their spot in the Top 4.


Chelsea were particularly impressive against Defending Champions Manchester City and here are 3 reasons they pulled it off. 

 

1. Defensive solidity

Chelsea were at their defensive best managing to keep a clean sheet when Manchester City had over 60% of the possession. Chelsea’s backline of Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta along with Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a brilliant game. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was particularly impressive having won 100% of his duels, made 13 tackles and 5 interceptions. It’s safe to say Azpilicueta led from the front and proved his worth as Chelsea Captain. 

David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso also put in the hard yards and defended as a well-oiled unit. Luiz particularly bounced back after a string of poor performances while Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made some good saves to defend Chelsea’s solid lead.

 

2. Chelsea’s ability to adapt quickly

Chelsea were playing a 3-4-3 formation that concentrated on Counter-attacking Football under Antonio Conte for 2 Seasons before switching to a 4-3-3 with Maurizio Sarri that focuses on Possession and quick ground passing and before both the Italians they played a 4-2-3-1 under Jose Mourinho. If you have a look at the players under all 3 managers a majority of them have played under Conte and Sarri while a few have played for Jose Mourinho as well. So it’s pretty clear that this Chelsea team knows how to adapt quickly and can mold themselves to fit their manager’s philosophy. 

Against Manchester City, Chelsea played a Midfield five while defending, played without a recognized center-forward and did the opposite of Sarriball having lesser possession. It just proved how adaptable they are as a team and depending on the situation they can take up any shape formation and Philosophy.

 

3. The Eden Hazard factor

For the fans who believe that Eden Hazard is out of form…Think again! The Belgian’s influence has been massive this Season he started out as a serial Goalscorer scoring 7 Goals till the end of October but has now taken the onus upon himself to create as many Goals as possible. Hazard assisted both of Chelsea’s goals and his importance has just been highlighted even more. 

The Blues need to do everything in their power to tie Eden Hazard down to a new Contract because the consequences of losing their talisman will be grave and as of now he is Chelsea’s biggest gamechanger.

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