Sheffield United – Chelsea: No Place For Rusty Defending In Steel City (3-0)
Sheffield United exposed Chelsea’s defensive issues in full view and compromised the visitor’s Champions League hopes; for the entirety of the match, the hosts got into superb positions to cross the ball, while the always inspiring David McGoldrick, yes he did, even managed to deliver a brace. Frank Lampard constantly attempted to improve his team’s buildup in the second half, but Chris Wilder would school his counterpart once again, to continue their momentum going into the final few matches.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
With the top places in the Premier League still in the balance, there is little room for maneuver for both these teams. Sheffield United cleared up their messy restart with two massive victories at Bramall Lane: producing a vintage performance to dispatch a troubled Tottenham before snatching a 93rd minute winner to defeat a structurally similar Wolverhampton Wanderers.
One noticeable change, to Sheffield United’s tactical framework, has been incorporating January signing, Sander Berge, to the midfield. Berge performs more as a roaming midfielder down the right channel, who links with the advancing wing-back and involved in combinations down the flanks – a trademark formula from Chris Wilder’s team.
Chelsea went into this match in fine form, having won five of their previous six games. However, with Leicester City and Manchester United breathing down their necks, a Champions League spot for . . .