Chelsea – Ajax: Utter Chaos At Stamford Bridge (4-4)
Even though it started out as an interesting tactical battle, this match can only be remembered as a representation of utter chaos on a football pitch. Two Chelsea own goals, two Ajax red cards conceded in the same Chelsea attack and a disallowed Chelsea winner meant that when the dust had settled in, both teams left the pitch with four goals scored and a point in hand.
Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.
If one were to pick a darling of the Premier League campaign so far this season it would be difficult to ignore Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. The London-based side and their manager have positively showed themselves through dynamic offensive play – led by a crop of young, engaging talents. Five straight league wins and two dramatic Champions League victories have sped the process up somewhat and now a club that was thought to be undergoing a transition year may instead have their minds firmly focused on the present.
A key member of the youth movement at Chelsea is 21-year-old, center-back Fikayo Tomori, who once again got the start in central defence alongside Kurt Zouma - the tandem flanked by Marcos Alonso and captain, César Azpilicueta at fullback. Shielding the defense in Lampard’s 4-2-3-1 formation were Jorginho and Mateo Kovačić, while Willian, Mason Mount and Christian Pulišić combined to form the advanced three. Up front Tammy Abraham was given the nod – looking to build on his impressive . . .