Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher agreed over Chelsea’s failures as the Blues suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of a resurgent Man City
Chelsea slumped to their first defeat of the season at the hands of a resurgent Manchester City at the weekend, as Pep Guardiola’s team dispatched the Blues in style.
Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal, but the 1-0 scoreline did not reflect how Guardiola’s side dominated the game.
Thomas Tuchel’s men were second best throughout and failed to threaten Ederson’s goal throughout.
It was something of a surprise, given Tuchel had beaten the Spaniard in their three previous meetings since he came to Chelsea.
But this time he was outdone, having switched from his side’s usual 3-4-3 formation to a 3-5-2, with Mason Mount absent and Timo Werner preferred to Kai Havertz.
However, the two up front handicapped Chelsea’s press and allowed City to build well from the back and dominate in between Chelsea’s lines.
This, combined with Guardiola’s aggressive press, prevented Chelsea’s usually raging wing-backs from influencing the game.
Both Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher agreed that City dominated as they anaysed the game on Monday Night Football.
Henry was quick to compliment Guardiola on Monday Night Football, he said: “On and off the ball they dominated Chelsea, I was a bit disappointed with how Tuchel set up the team.
“The way they played was just outstanding, tactically they took the ball away from Chelsea.
“Pep got it from Cruyff the best way to defend is to have the ball, keep it, make sure they don’t have it and they did it so well.”
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Carragher agreed with the analysis and compared Guardiola’s aggressive high-pressing football to Jose Mourinho’s much more conservative defensive setup in his Chelsea teams in previous years – praising how smart City were defensively.
Carragher said: “This was a defensive masterclass and we always attribute that to Jose Mourinho, sitting back and you nick it 1-0, they haven’t nicked it 1-0, they battered Chelsea on their own patch.
“Both defences were on top but I loved this games, Chelsea defending deep because they like that but Pep’s team defending from the front, pressing high.”