Chelsea missed a ton of chances, including at least three sitters, had a goal wrongly disallowed, dealt with some otherwise atrocious refereeing (how did United finish the game with 11 players?) and still walked away with all three points against Manchester United. The visitors had a couple chances at the very end, as Chelsea dropped just a bit too deep, but nothing that Courtois couldn’t handle.
With the win, Chelsea remain fourth but just one point behind both United (2nd) and Spurs (3rd). What crisis?
A perfect way to head into the international break.
- Back to the 3-5-2, with the same midfield look as against Atlético Madrid before Kanté’s injury. How nice was it to have him back?
- First tactical change was Zappacosta off for Rüdiger, pushing Azpilicueta out wide. Probably a response to United’s changes of Fellaini (aerial threat) and Martial (speed out wide) a couple minutes prior.
- Speaking of tactical decisions, that’s supposedly what was behind David Luiz’s absence today. He’s also been carrying an injury, but there were also some rumors of some discord between him and Conte, which could explain why he wasn’t even on the bench (and young Ampadu was instead).
- Next up: struggling West Brom away in two weeks.