Tactical analysis Chelsea - Manchester City League Cup Final 0-0

Chelsea – Manchester City: Sarri’s adjustments almost work, yet City wins League Cup (0-0, 3-4 after pens)

It’s only February, but Manchester City already won their second trophy of the season. It was by no means a walk in the park though for Pep Guardiola’s men. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s on-pitch antics and his refusal to be substituted will probably make the headlines, bit below that story actually laid a decent performance by Chelsea. Playing a lot more defensively paid dividends, even though City took home the silverware due to better spot kicks.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.

In a time where the calendar for professional football players is chock-full already, the point of this tournament – which is basically an FA Cup for the top four levels of the English football league system – is debatable. Earlier this season, the quarter final of this season’s League Cup - or excuse me: Carabao Cup - between Leicester City and Manchester City exemplified this overall feeling of pointlessness. It was a game that was played out mostly between squad players who don’t see regular action in Premier League games.

On the other hand, a match between Chelsea and Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri versus Pep Guardiola, at Wembley, with a piece of silverware at stake for the winner. Add in some storylines about Guardiola often thinking up elaborate tactical plans in big games, the 6-0 drubbing when these two teams met earlier this month, Chelsea’s horrible form in recent weeks. Sounds a bit more fun already, right?

In former rounds, Maurizio Sarri also used the League Cup to rest some players, but make . . .

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Erik Elias (25) is co-founder and chief editor of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles as well. Former youth coach. Scout. 'Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.' [ View all posts ]


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