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Chelsea 4-0 Malmo – 5 Key Takeaways – Speak Chelsea

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The beneath have been my 5 key takeaways from our 4-0 Champions League win in opposition to Malmo on 21 October 2021 at Stamford Bridge.

1. Chelsea’s attacking method pays off

Previous to this conflict, a lot was spoken about in relation to the character of Chelsea’s slim 1-0 win over Brentford.

Not solely did the Blues have to battle and scrape to maintain out a ferocious onslaught from the Bees within the ultimate 20 minutes of their match, however the attacking aspect of the steadiness sheet for the European Champions was very underwhelming.

Based on ‘The xG Philosophy’, Chelsea’s anticipated objectives for the match was 0.28, and extra shockingly, 0.02! This was not the primary time this season whereby the Blues’ anticipated objectives has not been to the extent of that anticipated of real Premier League title contenders.

Towards that backdrop, Tuchel knew that his Blues would want to come back out of the blocks firing and set the file straight – Chelsea have been greater than only a defensively stable unit, in addition they possess a deadly assault! On this match, the house aspect began off with robust depth and objective.

The boys in darker blue seemed as if that they had a degree to show from the outset with the majority of the group tenting in Malmo’s half, together with Captain Azpilicueta who usually discovered himself in a central attacking space together with Chilwell and Kanté very excessive up the pitch!

Ultimately, the Blues scored 4 objectives, of which 2 have been penalties (ought to have had a 3rd) and will’ve added a few extra on one other day. Regardless of the opponent being inferior on paper, the Blues delivered a robust show from start-to-finish as Malmo have been restricted to an xG of 0.07.

2. Blues cruise however at what value?

As famous above, the Blues have been completely dominant of their conflict in opposition to Malmo. Based on ESPN, they loved the lion’s share of possession (73%) and registered 20 pictures to 2, with 7 of those heading in the right direction in comparison with none for the guests.

Sadly for Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea trustworthy, each star strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner suffered ankle and hamstring accidents respectively.

With Romelu, he went down after a nasty problem which led to the Blue’s first penalty, whereas the German speedster Werner’s hamstring harm was extra innocuous as he appeared to maintain it whereas pulling up from a run in the direction of objective.

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Whereas there’s been no affirmation of the extent of the accidents, one suspects they are going to be out at the least for the Norwich sport on twenty third October and presumably the Southampton Carabao Cup tie a number of days after that.

So in the long run, the Blues took a snug 3 factors however once more, at what value? Time will inform.

3. Jorginho’s return is spot on

A continued speaking level inside the Chelsea neighborhood has been the composition of the midfield. Whereas the person members that make up the center for the Blues possess robust qualities, there stays questions marks over which is the best mixture given their completely different expertise and attributes.

In current instances, Chelsea’s ‘regista’ and serial winner (at the least this season) Jorginho has not been as pivotal to Tuchel’s squad choice with the shock re-emergence of academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has been in scintillating kind.

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Given this, together with Tuchel’s desire to name upon the indefatigable N’Golo Kanté following his covid-induced absence, along with the robust kind general of Croatian sensation Mateo Kovacic, the Italian Euro winner has been locked right into a battle to re-cement his spot within the Blues midfield.

Following his re-introduction into the beginning line-up, Jorginho stepped up in additional methods than one.

Not solely did he cooly convert each of Chelsea’s spot kicks, however his all-round stats have been tremendous spectacular, together with: 104 touches, 82 passes, 12 ball recoveries, 8 duels received, 10 passes into the ultimate third, 4 touches within the opposition field, 8 tackles, and three interceptions.

Performances like this might maybe swing the Ballon D’or steadiness in his favour.

4. Havertz and Hudson-Odoi seize alternative

When Chelsea’s entrance males Romelu Lukaku and Time Werner suffered their respective accidents, the response of the Blues neighborhood each on-line and on the floor dropped their heads in concern.

Nonetheless, and whereas possessing completely different traits, each Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi (CHO) sufficiently stuffed the void on this conflict.

The 2 children labored arduous and mixed nicely on the evening with their key second being shortly after the interval as CHO used his blistering tempo and dribbling to burn a helpless Malmo earlier than teeing up the German rising celebrity to expertly tuck the ball into the again of the web.

CHO virtually obtained his identify on the scoresheet too with one well-struck effort being parried away by subbed-in goalkeeper Diawarra whereas Havertz virtually doubled his tally when he simply didn’t get on the top of Mount’s and Jorginho’s whipped in crosses.

Total, it was an encouraging show from each the gifted attackers, the important thing query is, can they maintain it ought to Lukaku and Werner be absent for an prolonged interval?

On a aspect word, seeing CHO being deployed in his seemingly-preferred left wing place and linking up nicely with Chilwell was an actual constructive and the duo may kind a robust partnership ought to Tuchel stick with the pair.

5. Common again three make all of the distinction

One factor that stood out from ‘the nice Brentford escape’ a number of days earlier was the lacking presence of Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.

Whereas the again 3 on the day did an excellent job together with man-of-the-match Mendy to maintain the Bees at bay, the expertise and sophistication of the German and Brazilian was actually missed.

Other than the defensive assurance and protection the world-class pair present, and mixed with the in-form Dane and partner-in-crime Andreas Christensen, collectively they signify the entire package deal in what’s desired within the modern-day central defender.

Collectively, they: moved the ball rapidly and crisply to begin Chelsea’s assaults; expertly positioned themselves excessive up the pitch to win again possession throughout transition; remained concentrated in defence on the odd counter; and; added an additional dimension to Chelsea’s assault (refer Silva’s pin-point cross for Christensen to attain his first Blues objective, and, Rudiger’s run to attract the foul for Chelsea’s second penalty).

Whereas the first function of defenders is to assist forestall the opposition from scoring, it’s turning into more and more vital for defenders to additionally be capable of contribute to their group’s assault e.g. by way of the build-up in addition to providing an additional presence within the opposition’s hazard zones.

With this again 3, Chelsea’s probabilities of successful are considerably boosted!

Ultimate Feedback

4 objectives scored, zero conceded – this was the type of efficiency and outcome the group wanted!

Thomas Tuchel’s males have been utterly in management for all the match and genuinely seemed like a group worthy of being referred to as the European Champions.

Undoubtedly motivated by the current narrative constructing within the media that the Blues have been extra fortunate than deserving, this was precisely the type of response that each Tuchel and the followers had been hoping to see.

Whereas the accidents to Lukaku and Werner are extremely unlucky and can serve to behave as a substantial dampener on the general temper for Blues followers, the inside optimist in me displays on the next saying by the well-known Alexander Graham Bell: ‘when one door closes, one other door opens‘.

With that in thoughts, and seeing the likes of Havertz and CHO performing positively, Pulisic’s long-awaited return on the horizon, and gamers comparable to Ziyech eager to impress to maintain their Blues profession alive, maybe the unlucky absence of Lukaku and Werner would possibly inadvertently drive our different attackers to grab their alternative. Right here’s hoping!

Till then, deliver on Norwich!

Come on you Blues!

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