Sunderland were set up to frustrate Chelsea in the mid-week clash yesterday night, and they played with 5 defenders, restricting Chelsea to clear-cut chances.
However, speaking after the game, Sunderland captain John O’Shea revealed playing against Chelsea’s front 3 wasn’t an easy task.
He said: “I think Man City played 3-4-3 against Chelsea – and you could argue that it worked for 60 minutes and they had a great chance to make it 2-0 – but it didn’t go their way,” he said.
“With us, we have to find an extra defender.
“They didn’t have Eden Hazard tonight, but they had Willian, Pedro and Diego Costa, and it’s very difficult to have three players only against them because individually, one-v-one, they can do you.
“We tried to play a back four and one wing-back, and then a five when we didn’t have the ball to make sure we had an extra defender.
“It didn’t look great in the first half, but we certainly grew into it a bit better in the second.” Said the Sunderland captain.