Watch Video: De Bruyne Dribble 4 Chelsea Players before Scoring a goal

Watch Video: De Bruyne Dribble 4 Chelsea Players before Scoring a goal

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Chelsea past match vs Man City was quite nice. City were also pressing high, but from much closer distances at the front.

De Bruyne would drop onto Kanté and the wingers would play between the central defenders and fullbacks on the outsides.

This allowed them to close down on the inside quickly and try to force Chelsea to either play risky passes through the middle or turn back on the ball and go backwards.

The long distances to close for City in these moments were to Chelsea’s fullbacks, who were in spaces and were Chelsea’s route to break pressure.

City would compensate for these spaces by the wide central midfielders shifting over to pressure or the fullbacks, having to push up high to close the spaces.

By pressing in such a way, City caused problems for Chelsea’s buildup. Chelsea generally play forward from the fullbacks or dropping wide central midfielders (moving up on the wings).

Without being able to easily find the wings, Chelsea had to play through tight spaces in the middle, which isn’t their most suitable quality, especially given the lack of back-to-goal qualities of the players playing up front.


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