Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed the most interesting tactical aspect he spotted at the World Cup was the defensive strategy the teams deployed.
“They were mostly relatively passive,” Potter pointed out.
“There wasn’t too much pressing, or pressing high. It was a bit more of a drop-off. It could be down to a bit of everything. The heat plays a part.
“Also, if you’re going to coordinate any pressing, you’d argue you need some time to work on that. With the lack of time the international teams had, you have to select with what you need to work with and what the priority is.
“Dropping off and defending that way is an easier way to do it, because you haven’t got the time to make it any more progressive.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United star Paul Parker has described the Chelsea squad as overrated and not good enough to finish in the top four.
“Honestly, I think that Chelsea’s team is overrated,” former Manchester United defender Parker told BeMyBet.
“I never really understood why they signed Kalidou Koulibaly. He is lumbering and he is not doing anything.
“They don’t have a great goalkeeper or a great centre forward. N´Golo Kante is past his prime and Jorginho is not performing at all.
“I really don’t see them being able to compete to finish in the top four. The midfield is lacking creativity.
“Mason Mount still has a lot of work to do to prove people wrong.
“I think that they are lucky to have Graham Potter but they don’t have a single Graham Potter player in their squad.”