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As Jose Mourinho predicted, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard fielded a three at the back system, with a back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
Lampard then named a strange midfield as he shunned the use of pace along the flanks to go for midfielders to control the middle of the park. Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and Ross Barkley all started the game, much to the surprise of many analysts and pundits.
At the end, Chelsea completely dominated Spurs and Lampard explained that the system was all about playing off Olivier Giroud as he suspected that his team will have bulk possession of the ball.
Lampard explained his tactics as he said: “When Oli is playing, you have to play to his strengths. You have to put balls into the box, you have to use him to bring people into the game and if we have to adapt slightly for games like that, that’s just the test that me and the players are under.
“The system only works if the players play the way they play. The system only works if Ross and Mason are so mobile around Oli up front and give you a threat behind as well. The system only works if the back three today don’t sit off and allow people to turn on the ball because they’re playing with two false strikers.
“We work on it but it’s the players who enforce it and they make the system work.”