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OPINION: How Man United Forced Chelsea To Play With Their Weakest Point


Chelsea is now ranked as one of the finest teams in the world, with the Blues leading the Premier League table. Chelsea played fellow Premier League powers Manchester United at Stamford Bridge Stadium last weekend, and the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Jadon Sancho, an English winger, scored the first goal in the 50th minute, before Jorginho equalized with a penalty kick in the 69th minute. Chelsea were the clear favourites to win the game going into it, since Manchester United were dealing with a number of issues, including the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Chelsea, on the other hand, were unable to take advantage of United's issues since the Red Devils forced them to play on their weakest position. Chelsea is most dangerous when passing and moving through the centre; the blues rarely send in crosses from the sides, preferring to use them to drag people out wide before connecting the ball back into the midfield.

Manchester United, on the other hand, had a strategy in place. They knew Chelsea was vulnerable when they were spread out on the flanks, so they stayed solid in the middle, forcing Chelsea to play wide. With players like Timo Werner lacking in aerial ability, United continued to clog up the middle, and Chelsea's key attacking weapon was blunted as a result.

That is why so many Chelsea wide players struggled, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marcos Alonso, and Hakim Ziyech. They were unable to establish their signature links with Manchester United's center of slice in dangerous locations.

Chelsea must find a means to deal with clubs that force them out wide before the rest of the league realizes they can exploit that blueprint. Thomas Tuchel is a brilliant thinker, and I am confident that he would find a solution before the problem escalates.

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