The remnant team can still stand and die, the local rookie ignites the dawn of the Blues
60 minutes of persistence fell short, and 30 minutes of counterattacks fell short. Chelsea lost to Manchester City and suffered nearly 6 rounds
4th loss in the league.
In the face of a strong opponent, Porter’s use of troops was very bold. The starting four forwards balanced the offense and defense, and the teenagers who came off the bench brought vitality.
It is a pity that due to the early injury and retreat of the two main wingers and the persistent illness of the center forward, Chelsea failed to take advantage of the opportunity of Blue Moon’s unstable defense to gain something on the offensive end. The consecutive failures caused them to slide to the bottom half of the standings. Porter
Encountered the most severe challenge in his coaching career.
[Returning to the four-forward structure, Porter dared to show his sword]
Since the visit to Brighton (2022.10. 29), Porter’s honeymoon period with his new club has ended. Chelsea has been plagued by injuries and has fallen into turmoil at the tactical level.
There are very few reliable people on the offensive line, and there are constant injuries in key positions in the midfield. Porter can only give priority to taking care of one end when setting up the formation.
At the beginning of taking office, Porter played with two formations. The four-back formation with the center of gravity was used to attack tough situations, and the more stable five-back structure was used to defend against stronger opponents.
Since Reece James was injured, Porter has worked hard to retain the double forward combination, continuously arranging the midfielders to serve as two wings to make up for the lack of offensive firepower.
Due to Aubameyang’s mediocre performance in the warm-up match and Broja’s injury weakened the depth of the center position, Porter changed his strategy after the restart of the league.
Against Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest, Porter used the 433 formation continuously, making only one adjustment to the starting lineup, which was a passive change after Reece James was injured.
The double striker structure was shelved, and Aubameyang only got 26 minutes of playing time in total.
Facing the strong enemy Manchester City, Guardiola restarted the 4231/424 formation that he used before the World Cup, relying on the mobility of the four forwards to balance offense and defense.
Facing the strong enemy Manchester City in this campaign, Porter restarted the 442/4222 formation before the World Cup. Jorginho did not play, and Zakaria and Kovacic had four attackers in front of them.
Porter hopes to use the cooperation of wingers and fullbacks to block the space on the two wings, cut off the transportation line behind Harland, and let the experienced Thiago Silva and Coulibaly deal with Manchester City’s penetration in the center.
It turns out that this is a very wise choice to use the center to drive the attack on the two wings and seize the space in the ribs of Manchester City’s three central defenders.
[The midfielder combination withstands the pressure, and the three veterans in the defense are trustworthy]
The Blues in Tuchel’s era were plagued by weak fronts. The team’s best record relied on the strong output of the two wing backs (early 2021/22 season).
The wingback was originally the most expensive position in the three-center back system, and it is already too heavy to bear the responsibility of scoring.
Reece James, Chilwell and Kanter are becoming more and more vitrified, Kovacic’s attendance rate cannot be guaranteed, and the technical content of Chelsea’s midfield continues to decline. Porter is racking his brains to solve the problem of organizational advancement.
Manchester City’s center forward was unable to put pressure on the opponent from the center, and could only rely on the sidelines to weave "pockets". The Blues quickly found a way forward under the leadership of Kovacic.
After Pulisic retired from injury, Chelsea relied on the Haverts-Kovacic connection to complete the advance from the center.
Since Harland joined, Manchester City’s high pressure has declined significantly.
Guardiola gave up the strategy of using a fast striker combination (Sterling and Jesus left the team) to deal with the strong dialogue. Manchester City could not cover everything in the oppression, and could only concentrate their forces and rely on the sidelines to press.
Seizing the incomplete loopholes in the opponent’s pressing system, Chelsea relied on the skills of Kucurella and Kovacic to stabilize the ball. Pulisic and Haverts retreated in turn to open up the forward channel, and transferred the pressure to
Kante’s long-term injury is not the end of the world. Chelsea’s midfield has a variety of players, and the right combination can bring good results.
In the past period of games, Chelsea’s midfield was not functioning smoothly, and the pressure was concentrated on the defenders.
Not only to resist the frontal impact of the opponent, but also to frequently pull the side to deal with the speed players. He is not only the initiator of the deep attack, but also constantly advances to support the midfielder.
It is a commensurately important task, and there have been instant short-circuits in many consecutive games.
Kovacic replaced Jorginho as the hub of the backcourt, Chelsea can attack more calmly, and Zakaria’s potential in transition and connection has also been stimulated.
The central midfielder combination withstood the pressure, and the backcourt veterans such as Thiago Silva and Coulibaly did not need to devote too much energy to the organization, and their attention was more concentrated when defending.
[The 9th position is still weak, and it is difficult to balance offense and defense]
Porter’s thinking jumps when setting up the formation. The only principle is to arrange as many attackers as possible to play, and use the numerical advantage to make up for the lack of single-point scoring ability.
Havertz has an amazing ability to waste opportunities. Aubameyang has limited role in the offensive organization stage. Neither player has the ability to independently support the No. 9 position. After the two play together, they form front and rear positions, which can avoid this problem to a certain extent.
There are too many loopholes in the third line, and it is difficult to balance offense and defense. The injuries of the two main wing backs made Porter determined to pile up forwards, and the appearance rate of double centers is very high.
In this campaign, Sterling and Pulisic were injured. The first players to get up from the bench were not Gallagher and Chuk Umeka.