The combination of Manchester United’s rather suspect starting lineup, along with Chelsea’s own choice for a 3-4-3 shape and the downpouring in Manchester made it so the first half would be a drab affair. At first it seemed Chelsea had the edge on chances and ball retention, but then it was United’s turn to make Mendy work.
Still, neither team had it in then to translate their shots into proper goalscoring opportunities — although United might have been close to getting one because of the tiniest touch from N’Golo Kanté on Marcus Rashford inside the box, that was reviewed by VAR. (All while Harry Maguire forgetting he was on a football pitch and not on a wrestling mat was simply deemed as “normal”.)
The second half was more action-packed, although the rain did not give us a rest. Thus is light of more menacing plays, mainly from United, chances were still not good enough to break the deadlock.
Yet another 0-0 draw. Better than a loss, at the very least.
- A 3-4-3 for Chelsea, with César Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma as the defensive line. Ben Chilwell and Reece James flank the defence and midfield composed by N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho, while Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz start upfront. And Edouard Mendy starts!
- Subtitutes are Tammy Abraham for Timo Werner, Mason Mount for Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech for Christian Pulisic.
- Still not sure how to get over that Harry Maguire hold on César Azpilicueta.
- So many shots and too little danger. Having Mendy certainly helps in protecting the scoreline, but it does not matter much if all we get are goalless draws because our men upfront cannot really work out how to play off one another.
- Next up: FC Krasnodar in Russia, for the Champions League group stage.
- KTBFFH. Always.