Another weekend of intriguing league football certainly promises surprise packages and all-action moments. Can Manchester United kick-start their title challenge after recording an emphatic win in the League Cup? Will Arsenal follow up, rise or fall after their usual November plague? Can Tottenham spur on with their weak nerves? Will Liverpool eventually walk alone to seek asylum in Coutinho’s absence? Will Pep’s Manchester City break Conte’s secret code? Can Chelsea continue their winning streak? These are huge questions that need answers and we will certainly find out more when hostilities resume this weekend.
After a crucial win over Spurs in a heated London derby, Chelsea face another acidic test this weekend as we take on Pep’s Manchester City. Despite overcoming Tottenham, our first half display was absolutely limp.
Here are 3 reasons why we need tactical variations as a plan B:
OUR FIRST HALF PERFORMANCE AGAINST SPURS:
A review of our first half performance against Spurs clearly shows that we were subdued by their high-tempo pressing game that restricted our influence. With Pochettino deploying two turbo-charged speedsters against our wing-backs, our game was shackled and almost paid off as they took the lead with Eriksen’s superb goal. We lost initiative and the momentum to dictate the game and create chances. Surely Spurs style will be a textbook secret code for opposition managers who desperately want to beat Chelsea. Let’s take heed, up next is Pep’s Manchester City.
TEAMS THAT PARK THE BUS:
After our game against Manchester City, we will play against teams that love to park the bus. This certainly means that we need to take the initiative in those games. Can we break through their defensive walls or get caught by their counter-attacking intents? Are we going to get frustrated and forced into playing out barren draws? These are other scenarios that need tactical variations.
TEAMS WITH PHYSICALITY GAME STYLE:
How do we cope with teams that turn up with a game style of physical football of hard tackling, man-marking strategy, high-energy style and confrontational approach? What tactical variation will be best-suited for any such opposition team?
Let’s keep the blue flag high. Cheers!