Defence, defence

People who like basketball are familiar with the chants “Defence, defence”, typical for the home crowds during the NBA games. suggests that in the Premier League, it is a chant that fans of those teams who play against Chelsea would better start using. The sooner, the better.

Marcos Alonso does a great jon on Chelsea’s left flank —

The Blues have one of the world’s best left-winger Marcos Alonso and the 3–4–2–1 formation (3–4–3 or 2–5–2) that Antonio Conte plays with, will help his team to win a lot of points this season. Both Alonso and Azpilicueta on the right flank contribute a lot when Chelsea go forward. In their Sunday’s London derby against Spurs, the Chelsea fans have also had a chance to find out what a midfielder is Tiemoue Bakayoko. Very soon he would become the best box-to-box midfielder in the Premier League. Nemanja Matic who joined Man United is a top defensive midfielder, but is miles away from Bakayoko when it comes to ball possession and his ability to influence the game by going forward.

Burnley have been a very, very lucky side last weekend when they managed to score three goals at the Stamford Bridge. It is very likely that no other Premier League team would be able to do that against Chelsea’s formation with N’golo Kante and Bakayoko paying in front of the back three.

“Today was not about the tactics. We were much better than Chelsea and we were a little bit unlucky. So I’m not sad or frustrated. I’m “happy” to lose in that way. We played better and created chances to score. But that’s football. We have to accept they were more clinical than us in front of goal”, said Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino after the game. Spurs were good enough, that it true. After Marcos Alonso’s opening goal in the 24th minute they put Chelsea under pressure and have been attacking for almost an hour before the cross taht resulted in Mitchy Batshuayi’s own goal. However, in this London derby Spurs’ star players like Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane were either not good enough or just a bit unlucky as they did’t find the net.

Antonio Conte said “We suffered during the game, but we were always dangerous in every moment”. He has praised his players for showing him a “great desire, great spirit, great will, great heart, great will to fight”. “I saw fighters in a moment that’s not easy for us with the suspensions and the injuries. We suffered during the game, but we were always dangerous in every moment”, explained the Italian.

Whatever the managers say, the Chelsea’s wide players — Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta were those who made the difference in the game. They were real threat going forward and at the same time have managed to restrict Spurs on the flanks.

Chelsea employed a ‘catenaccio’ tactical system.

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