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Hull City 0-2 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction


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Not for the first time, Chelsea were a much better team in the second half than in the first and thanks a couple great goals — identical lovely finishes into the top corner from Willian and then Costa — the Blues head into the international break with three points.

  • Fun to finally have a game with no real major individual errors.  Even Cahill did just fine.
  • Chelsea's new system is a 5-4-1/3-4-3 hybrid, with the two wingbacks (Alonso and Moses) dropping all the way back in defense.  In attack, they're operating as proper wingers, with the two attacking midfielders (Hazard and Willian at the start) pushing infield to support Costa.  Oscar replaced Hazard, Pedro replaced Moses towards the end.  Fairly discombobulated at the start; improved as the match ticked along.
  • Three-man defense featured David Luiz in the middle, with Cahill left and Azpilicueta right.  Will be interesting how this plays out once Terry and Zouma return.
  • A clean sheet, after a few minutes of initial shakiness.  One great save from Courtois to keep it scoreless on Snodgrass's free kick.
  • Two-man midfield shield of Matic and Kante is a familiar combination, though in this case, it was Matic who tended to stay deeper, with Kante operating as the more box-to-box of the two.  They did switch roles on occasion, and Chelsea's second came from just one such foray forward from Matic.
  • No yellow for Costa!
  • Chalobah makes his Premier League debut for Chelsea, sets up a nice Pedro chance with his first touch.
  • First win in four league games.  Chelsea move up to 6th temporarily, on 13 points from the first 7 matches.  Decent-ish.
  • Next up will be Leicester City at home in two weeks' time.  We'll have the early lunchtime kick-off.
  • Carefree.

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