Tactical analysis Tottenham Hotspur - Chelsea 3-1

Tottenham Hotspur – Chelsea: Chelsea’s defensive vulnerabilities exposed by intense Spurs (3-1)

Chelsea were unable to cope with Spurs’ intense pressing, and Pochettino’s side netted two early goals, with some poor Chelsea defending. Spurs neutralised Chelsea by preventing them from playing their beloved central passing game, and constantly threatened on the counter with their talented forward line.

Tactical analysis by Josh Manley.


Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side came to Wembley having not lost a game since their last visit to this stadium, where they lost in the Community Shield to Manchester City. Despite a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Everton before the international break, Sarri chose to name an unchanged lineup from that game, meaning that Kovacic was preferred to Barkley in midfield, and Morata preferred to a still goalless Giroud up front.

Spurs are performing roughly as one would expect in the league. The bigger problem for them this season has been their Champions League campaign, which was revived from the brink of elimination thanks to two late goals against PSV from Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino made a few changes from the previous league game, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Serge Aurier came in at right-back for Kieran Trippier, who had been taken off due to injury in the aforementioned game at Palace. Elsewhere, Victor Wanyama made way for Eric Dier, and Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen came in to replace Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela.


Chelsea's 4-3-3 formation was largely nullified by Tottenham's compact 4-3-1-2 shape.

 Spurs’ defensive scheme

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Josh Manley (20) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]


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