Chelsea’s push for a top four finish was given another boost with a slender 1-0 win away to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Here are 3 quick thoughts from the game:
3-5-2 FORMATION DEFENSIVELY EFFECTIVE BUT ATTACK INEFFECTIVE:
The 3-5-2 system is one of the variety of tactical formations to have being employed by manager, Antonio Conte. The system has produced varying success for the team this season. While the system is effective in defensive situations, it is also ineffective on the attacking front as it deprives the team of real attacking cutting edge. This was mirrored in our game against Swansea. Aside the opening goal by Cesc Fabregas carved out by Eden Hazard’s brilliant through ball and also his dazzling display, Chelsea showed little attacking impetus and were more defensively strong. A late flurry of missed chances by Swansea covered up our attacking deficiency. Figuring out a more effective tactical plan should be seriously considered by Chelsea’s coaching staff.
HAZARD STILL VERY MUCH IMPORTANT TO CHELSEA:
A moment of ingenuity from the Chelsea mercurial playmaker Hazard, settled matters at Swansea. A dazzling run with the ball past Swansea players with a sweet slide through ball for Fabregas to finish with aplomb was all that was needed to seal three points for Chelsea. The Belgium’s influence at the club is exceeding and each passing day without him signing a new contract brings shivers to everyone connected to the club. His all round display makes him indispensable at Chelsea and he showed every bit of it against Swansea.
CHELSEA CLOSE GAP ON TOP FOUR:
Temporarily Chelsea’s win over Swansea cuts Spurs lead over us to two points with three games still to play. With Spurs not in action until Monday against Watford, Conte and Chelsea can throw the dice and ride our luck. With Spurs culpable of a late season collapse as witnessed in previous seasons, it’s all or nothing for Chelsea. The race for top four is still on.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high#KTBFFH#. Cheers!