Chelsea – Leicester City: Chelsea Show Chance Creation Problems And Overreliance On Hazard In Loss To Solid Leicester (0-1)
Chelsea dominated possession but found it difficult to break down Leicester City in the first half. In the second period of play, Claude Puel’s side came out with greater intensity and managed to get an early goal. After that, Leicester continued to frustrate Chelsea, although Puel’s side were slightly fortunate, as Chelsea hit the post in the final minutes of the game.
Tactial analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Chelsea came into this game looking to extend their unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge. After Arsenal’s win over Burnley earlier in the day, Chelsea also needed a win to maintain their lead over Arsenal in the fight for Champions League qualification.
Perhaps that is why Maurizio Sarri made no changes from the starting eleven that won last week against Brighton. This meant that Eden Hazard once against started as the center forward in Chelsea’s 4-3-3, flanked by Pedro and Willian.
Leicester’s outlook could not have been more different prior to this encounter, as they had been on a four-game winless run in all competitions. The one bright spot came from a League Cup game earlier this week, where they managed to push Manchester City all the way to a penalty shootout.
Puel made two changes from their last Premier League game – a defeat away to Crystal Palace. Ben Chilwell returned in place of Christian Fuchs, while Demarai Gray was replaced by Premier League debutant Hamza Choudhury.
Vardy’s conservative positioning allows Chelsea to dominate possession
Sarri’s side were able to monopolize ball possession relatively quickly in this game, which was partly due to Leicester’s passive defending. Puel’s side set up in . . .