Chelsea using space #3
When the defensive minded Ryan Bertrand actually has an attacking contribution…
Ryan Bertrand isn’t a defensive option. Rafa Benitez confirmed that he also had in mind to rest Juan Mata but I do think Bertrand was a genuine choice ahead of Moses and Marin.
Bertrand offers what the other attacking players don’t offer: he makes runs, schoolbook runs but still runs. He’s not attracted by the ball and provides support on the channels. Beside Mata, he’s the only player who can follow second balls as well (e.g his chance against Newcastle after a lay back from Torres).
Bertrand made several runs through space, what Moses would have done as he prefers to cut inside on the ball to shoot (when he’s played on the left).
Chelsea players can play through space; Mata, Oscar has the ability to do so. So why weren’t they able to link up with Torres on a regular basis? Has it something to do with the starting point of the attackers’ movements and runs?