Liverpool v Chelsea: The team, the tactics, the blueprint for Chelsea to win at Anfield.


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Chelsea journey to Anfield this afternoon written off, not given any probability of victory and there simply to make up the numbers. I firmly consider that Liverpool are there for the taking. Here's what I consider to be the blueprint for Maurizio Sarri to take three factors and derail their title hopes once more.

I wrote a preview to the sport on Friday figuring out the defensive weaknesses that I consider Liverpool have (so make sure you check it out here) and it’s crucial that we take benefit. Loads of focus forward of the sport can be on the attacking menace that Liverpool pose us this afternoon nevertheless it’s essential for everybody to know that we aren’t precisely toothless up prime.

At the start, I don't need to give attention to the opposition in any respect as lots has already been stated about them this season. We all know their high quality, we all know their strengths, however we additionally know their weaknesses which, in the course of the second half towards Tottenham the opposite week, have been brutally uncovered however by no means taken benefit of.

Maurizio Sarri MUST get his group choice proper right here with the techniques to make sure it provides us the most effective alternative to do precisely that. The false-nine we should overlook and put to mattress for a sustained interval – certainly, he won't determine to deploy Eden Hazard there and nullify his attacking menace, proper?

The Four-Three-Three formation he insists on enjoying has come up brief towards our prime 4 rivals this season with our centre-backs turning into uncovered with the shortage of defensive cowl within the deep-lying midfield place. What number of occasions have we stated that Jorginho can't deal with and what number of occasions has he/we been caught out?

With out query the supervisor have to be make use of the identical tactic used to face Man Metropolis at Wembley within the League Cup remaining and Tottenham at residence within the Premier League. On each events we gave Jorginho and our back-four cowl by giving an instruction to our different central midfielders to drop and sit deep subsequent to the Italian if the opposite goes ahead. By doing so, we by no means appeared uncovered, we seemed to have a greater stability and cozy.

Some individuals will argue that it was nonetheless the Four-Three-Three formation and only a assorted model of it however for me it was clear that our squad is of course suited to Four-2-Three-1.

There have to be a query over David Luiz at present. If he's switched on, targeted and performs with self-discipline then play him. Something much less and he turns into a legal responsibility and Andreas Christensen must swap with him. I anticipate Emerson to proceed within the Premier League immediately at left-back regardless of Marcos Alonso’s goal-scoring efforts final Thursday. It’s all he did within the recreation to be trustworthy.

The midfield three might be fascinating to say the least. It is going to be Jorginho and Kante however who out of the three choices obtainable begins? For me it’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has proven is glimpses of his actual class shifting ahead. He's the higher attacking choice in comparison with Kovacic and Ross Barkley on the present time for me, so he begins. Mateo Kovacic will work arduous up and down all day lengthy; Ross Barkley will look to take a seat deeper and unlock the door however RLC is best in attacking areas and has extra of a presence on the pitch.

Now some individuals won't agree with me on this, however I consider as a result of work fee alone WITHOUT the ball that Willian ought to begin in THIS GAME forward of Callum Hudson-Odoi alongside Eden Hazard. CHO is an choice to return on utilizing his tempo within the second half, however we'd like safety out vast and Willian provides us extra at this stage in defensive areas.

Up entrance I need to see Olivier Giroud begin (as posted also on Friday here) as a result of he presents the workforce extra with our general play that Gonzalo Higuain on the present time. Giroud is a focal-point, he's a presence up towards their two centre-backs and it’s essential that he begins to offer Willian and Eden Hazard the choices to play as much as him and maintain the ball up. If Higuain begins, I consider it might turn into an extended afternoon for him. I sincerely hope I'm incorrect however based mostly on how we play and the way he does, Giroud should begin.

The three defensive weaknesses I consider Liverpool have:

  • Fullbacks – No actual safety in entrance of them, want to maneuver into the areas left behind them once they go ahead – Eden Hazard to isolate Alexander-Arnold.&

  • Defend Slender when being counter-attacked – Chelsea should hold the ball extensive once we counter-attack Liverpool. They all the time encourage their fullbacks to tuck inside so we have to drive them to step out to go away the slender place and create areas between them and their centre-backs.&

  • Caught Ball-Watching – Nearly all their defence and midfield work so arduous to get again into defensive positions once they lose the ball, there's a probability that a late run into their field will give us an excellent alternative to attain. Their defence drops deep, their midfield two again on the penalty spot, all wanting on the ball and never a run in behind or late.&

So, for me that’s the group, that’s the techniques and that’s the best way we will beat Liverpool in the present day. They're a terrific aspect however nowhere close to unbeatable. Their defence is but to be put to the sword and it’s about time that somebody does it. With Eden Hazard enjoying as he's, we've nearly as good an opportunity as anybody.

What do you assume? Come on Chelsea!



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