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Ravel Morrison. Talent for days.

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Ravel Morrison. Talent for days.

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Oscar chases back on 38m (44 yards) to recover the ball, then carries it up and hits a diagonal on Hazard’s head into the box.

15 minutes to go against Fulham at Home back in September.

Oscar doesn’t escape when he’s closed down

Oscar doesn’t escape when he’s closed down


Oscar chases Patrice Evra, Mata unaware of the player in his zone he’s supposed to keep in check.


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Another great poacher goal by Steven Fletcher, he has the composure to attempt… and finish a ‘Madjer’ !

Another great poacher goal by Steven Fletcher, he has the composure to attempt… and finish a ‘Madjer’ !

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Ashley Cole nutmegs Kevin Nolan.
West Ham v Chelsea, 1/12/2012

Ashley Cole nutmegs Kevin Nolan.

West Ham v Chelsea, 1/12/2012

Lionel Messi vs Chelsea. via transfertmarkt.co.uk

Lionel Messi vs Chelsea. via transfertmarkt.co.uk

Unhappy Torres is unhappy. Foul/clearance combo

Unhappy Torres is unhappy. Foul/clearance combo

Sam Allardyce chases his assistant Neil McDonald during West Ham United’s win over Chelsea on the 1st of December, 2012.

Sam Allardyce chases his assistant Neil McDonald during West Ham United’s win over Chelsea on the 1st of December, 2012.

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?  

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? ¬†

Chelsea using space #3: 
Ramires pushes forward and Torres drags a defender away
This time, Oscar spotted Ramires’ run and managed to pick him through space. Fernando Torres doesn’t run toward the ball as evey goalscorer would do, he actually runs in another direction to stretch the interval between the center backs.
That’s something to keep in mind when you expect some variation or a ‘Plan B’ during game. I’m not so sure about Radamel Falcao being able to free space on a regular basis (not at all, actually. Arda Turan acts as a second striker and drags defenders away when Atletico needs space)

Chelsea using space #3:

Ramires pushes forward and Torres drags a defender away

This time, Oscar spotted Ramires’ run and managed to pick him through space. Fernando Torres doesn’t run toward the ball as evey goalscorer would do, he actually runs in another direction to stretch the interval between the center backs.

That’s something to keep in mind when you expect some variation or a ‘Plan B’ during game. I’m not so sure about Radamel Falcao being able to free space on a regular basis (not at all, actually. Arda Turan acts as a second striker and drags defenders away when Atletico needs space)

Chelsea using space #2
Late runs from the midfielders, Hazard dragging defenders away: relevant fast breaks
Azpilicueta was carrying the ball up the field and both Oscar and Ramires are at level with him. That’s interesting to notice that Hazard actually makes a good move there, instead of being magneted by the ball he runs the channel and creates space. 
That’s how you can stretch the defensive intervals and allow more space for your main striker centrally as a matter of fact. 

Chelsea using space #2

Late runs from the midfielders, Hazard dragging defenders away: relevant fast breaks

Azpilicueta was carrying the ball up the field and both Oscar and Ramires are at level with him. That’s interesting to notice that Hazard actually makes a good move there, instead of being magneted by the ball he runs the channel and creates space.

That’s how you can stretch the defensive intervals and allow more space for your main striker centrally as a matter of fact.¬†

Chelsea using space #1
Chelsea feature less players upper to the ball on the pitch, it leaves more space.
For two games, Rafael Benitez’s 'defensive and negative tactics' allegedly killing the attacking purposes of ‘Macazar’ allowed Chelsea to earn consecutive clean sheets in Premier League, something that didn’t happened since mid-September. Asking more work down the flanks from Mata and Hazard was about common sense considering their lack of defensive work leaving exposed defenders.
When the ball is recovered, and as the wide players are closer to their full backs, that leaves more space to break. There’s not half of the team upper the ball and firmly rooted into the grass anymore waiting for the ball. Ramires plays Azpilicueta through the right channel. It’s interesting to notice that Torres has more space and that Oscar is about to enter into the box with a typical 'Lampardesque' late run.

Chelsea using space #1

Chelsea feature less players upper to the ball on the pitch, it leaves more space.

For two games, Rafael Benitez’s 'defensive and negative tactics' allegedly killing the attacking purposes of ‘Macazar’ allowed Chelsea to earn consecutive clean sheets in Premier League, something that didn’t happened since mid-September. Asking more work down the flanks from Mata and Hazard was about common sense considering their lack of defensive work leaving exposed defenders.

When the ball is recovered, and as the wide players are closer to their full backs, that leaves more space to break. There’s not half of the team upper the ball and firmly rooted into the grass anymore waiting for the ball. Ramires plays Azpilicueta through the right channel. It’s interesting to notice that Torres has more space and that Oscar is about to enter into the box with a typical 'Lampardesque' late run.