Swansea 0 Chelsea 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea 0 Chelsea 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

In a match with three distinct phases, Chelsea were able to put their recent away troubles behind them and pick up three very important points against a Swansea side forced to play the bulk of the match with ten men after the interesting sending of Chico Flores after only sixteen minutes. The loss leaves Swansea on 33 points, just three points off the drop zone, while Chelsea is in a much more comfortable second place in the table and only …
Jose Mourinho: An End to the Manchester Dominance? | Tactical Analysis

Jose Mourinho: An End to the Manchester Dominance? | Tactical Analysis

So with the hype surrounding Jose Mourinho's return to the Premier League slowly dying down, and his presence now becoming a reality, Chelsea are setting their sights on a successful season in which they can potentially upset the recent dominance of Manchester City and Manchester United. Mourinho referred to this career move as 'the last step in my formation as a manager', which may mean he feels he has now been a journeyman long enough, and has experienced the varying …
West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats

West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats

In Benitez's third game in charge of Chelsea Torres retained his place in the side. Having scored more goals in the Premiership against West Ham than any other side, he would have been optimistic prior to the game commencing. Chelsea lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 Opening Half Both teams started reasonably with neither side clearly in the ascendancy. As the game began to settle down, the opening goal was created and scored by Juan Mata. Mata was given far …
Looking At Rafa Benitez | What he faces at Chelsea & Tactics

Looking At Rafa Benitez | What he faces at Chelsea & Tactics

Chelsea 2 Man Utd 3: Tactical Analysis & Match Stats

Chelsea 2 Man Utd 3: Tactical Analysis & Match Stats

Man Utd claim their first league win at Stamford Bridge in 10 years with a 3-2 victory which barely tells any of the story. This was a game with two early goals which altered the dynamic of the game followed by a rousing comeback and ending with a number of controversial decisions by the match officials. The key point from a tactical perspective was  Man Utd's exploitation of the weakness in the Chelsea set up with poor cover for the …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 | Set Piece defending costs Gunners

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 | Set Piece defending costs Gunners

Both sides entered the game with an unbeaten record in this year's Premier League but after a tight affair the West of London emerged victorious at the Emirates against Arsenal. [caption id="attachment_19729" align="aligncenter" width="368"] The Line ups[/caption] Line Ups After Diaby's early injury and substitution for Oxlade Chamberlain (with Ramsey moving centrally), the sides lined up largely as expected in a rough 4231 formation for both sides. However, to describe Arsenal as a 4231 is a touch simplitic because whilst …