In this tactical video analysis of last weekend’s Manchester City vs Chelsea match-up, I take a closer look at an intense first half battle between two of the brainiest managers in the Premier League.
Guardiola’s gameplan was well thought out in terms of pressing organization and drilled attacking patterns. Yet, he was undermined by individual player errors and his squad’s overall inability to finish off quality chances.
Conte, on the other hand, clearly set his team up to hit the home side on the counter. Guardiola still exposed some of Chelsea’s flaws off the ball when defending in a low-block, something that other teams may begin to catch on to.
Ultimately, Chelsea were fortunate to escape unscathed from this thrilling encounter with all three points. City can only rue their missed chances. However, what Pep has successfully done is implement the blueprint to break down the league leaders. Down the road, Chelsea’s system may not prove to be as effective as before, if others begin to exploit their tactical weaknesses as well.