90+3min: FULL TIME. Eventful and uneventful 0-0.
90+2min: Another dead ball opportunity for Chelsea with James taking again, but his ball is looping high far post and United clear. Chelsea win back the 50/50 and Mount has a pop on goal easily saved. On the other end, Fred has a shot on goal that Mendy parries back into danger.
90min: 3 additional minutes
89min: James’ delivery is over hit and United spring a counter that McTominay luckily misplays with Kante cutting off the cut back. Another counter defended well by Kante.
88min: Shaw decides to venture forward with the ball only for Dave to easily strip the ball away to start a counter which ends up going nowhere. Chelsea win a free kick.
86min: Pulisic is found in the half space and races towards goal firing in a wild shot that goes high
85min: Kante wins back possession and finds Werner who fires in a low shot that De Gea saves
83min: James fires in a cross to Werner making a far post run, but Lindelof gets a boot on it. Apparently not a Chelsea corner from Atwell.
82min: Pulisic causes Shaw to make an errant pass, only for Shaw to race back to foul him, but Atwell deems the challenge not worthy of a call
80min: Maguire yellow carded for fouling Pulisic as Maguire is unable to move his feet fast enough to keep up. Free kick to Chelsea and Mount takes but AC is only able to flick on to no one running in behind.
78min: [United sub] Greenwood OFF; Martial ON. [Chelsea sub] Ziyech OFF; Werner ON
76min: Daniel James races down the right touchline and hits a cross that Mendy slight mishandles at first as he dives to ground to collect. At the other end, Pulisic turns Lindelof and fires in a cross near post but no one making the run.
74min: Kovacic has a pop on goal from range that De Gea easily catches. Chelsea win back possession and Dave has a shot from range that is low but De Gea easily collects.
70min: With United pushing up higher and looking to attack more, there is space available in behind Untied’s backline for Pulisic to run into with balls over the top and behind
68min: Fred has an effort from range and curls it high and wide of goal
66min: [Chelsea sub] Giroud OFF; Pulisic ON
65min: Rudiger having himself a defensive moment blocking and disrupting United’s attack
64min: Mount plays a wall pass with Ziyech at the halfway line and races towards goal with only Giroud ahead of him. He cuts onto he left in the box and fires a shot that De Gea parries. Ziyech almost latches on the rebound but is unable to connect. Movement ends with a Giroud handball
62min: United’s corner is cleared by Chelsea, but they win the ball back and switch it to Rashford who has a tame shot saved by Mendy
60min: United bear down goal with an overlapping Shaw crossing it far post to Wan-Bissaka who lays it off to McTominay forcing a save from Mendy. Chilwell fouls Greenwood as the ensuing play continues and he is yellow carded
59min: Chelsea get away with one, as they lose possession high up the pitch. Bruno gets on the ball and races in between Rudiger and Dave, but his cross to Rashford racing up the left is over hit and United’s break is over
58min: Mount races down the right with another counter attack opportunity, but his pass to the overlapping Ziyech is deflected and the opportunity wanes, although Chelsea win the ball back and keep possession
56min: United concede a corner as Chilwell and Giroud progress the ball up the left flank. Mount’s corner is taken short to James whose deliver far post is dreadful. Just as bad as the very first corner taken short.
52min: Daniel James collects a cross just in front of the ‘D’, but his shot is blocked out for United corner. Shaw’s corner delivery is headed clear by Giroud and Chelsea spring a counter. Ziyech collects it wide right and has a shot blocked cutting on his left
50min: Fred goes in hard from behind Mount and is shown a yellow.
48min: Chilwell races down the left cutting in a ball to Ziyech whose shot is saved by De Gea. James pounces on the rebound but his effort is blocked. Closer!
46min: A surprising change after the half, as Chelsea look to continue in the same system as the first, with James playing wingback. CHO is shown on the bench with ice packs wrapped on his left knee. Hopefully it’s not serious
SECOND HALF: [CHELSEA SUB] CHO has been taken off and Reece James is on.
- How good was Chelsea’s defensive efforts and counterpress? Per Squawka, every Chelsea player (bar Mendy) recorded a tackle or interception. The effort was there from the start defensively. Just need to find some finishing.
✓ Azpilicueta— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 28, 2021
Every outfield Chelsea player made at least one successful tackle or interception in the first half vs Man Utd.
HALF-TIME: Solidly comfortable from the Blues, but the scoreline still 0-0.
45+1min: Chelsea give up the ball in the midfield and United almost get a solid effort on goal as a result. Fortunately, their cut back finds a Chelsea player.
45min: 2 added minutes
44min: Christensen heads clear James’ cross, which had he not done so, Bruno was likely in on goal behind him. United eventually win a corner. Mendy swipes at the corner and directs it clear.
43min: United win another corner and Dave easily clears. United win back possession and are forced backwards by Chelsea’s counterpress
42min: Chelsea’s energy today is at a level above United’s this half. Kovacic broke up two passes all by himself by throwing himself to the ground to stretch his leg’s into the path of the ball.
39min: Ziyech is down holding his head after Lindelof clatters in behind him. That’s the second player (other was Giroud) Lindelof fouled hard on a 50/50. No card.
38min: Rashford runs into the media boards pretty hard chasing down another ball over the top. Looks to be in a bit of pain, but walks it off.
36min: Giroud achingly close to get a head onto CHO’s cross. He’s looking a bit banged up from that effort also. That was inches away from a goal.
35min: United win a corner, and Shaw delivers. Kante clears easily. Shaw takes a minute to throw the ball back into play and Chelsea immediately win it back. This has been a recurring theme all match.
34min: Watching Mount run like a dog chasing cars on the street is really something. He’s pressing high all by himself at times.
32min: Giroud picks up De Gea’s dreadful clearance ~30 yards out, but one-times it over the goal. Probably had time to take a touch there.
30min: One thing to keep an eye on is Rashford looking to run directly behind Christensen with more frequency as of late. Christensen has done well this far, but may need more help as United look to switch to long balls over the top to get at Chelsea’s defense
28min: Chelsea’s counter press has been relentless today. Despite some dreadful passing, Chelsea have hounded United quickly to win back possession and transition into a break at such a fast pace. Only thing missing is end product
26min: CHO putting in the defensive effort today, winning the ball back and starting a counter with Chelsea switching from right to left. Mount fires an early cross but no one making the far post run
24min: Kante’s presence in the midfield to disrupt anything United has been a blessing and a delight through the match so far. As I type this, he gives the ball up with a dangerous pass in front of our box... defensively great so far, however suspect on the ball
22min: Chelsea launch a fast counter with Mount switching it to CHO from left to the right. CHO races down and lays it off for Dave, who wall passes it back to CHO on the edge of the box to hit a shot just wide far post.
20min: Chelsea through the first quarter of the match look very, very comfortable. Momentum seems to favor the Blues, with possession and solid defending cutting out any United attack before it can become more dangerous. Hopefully this continues
18min: Lindelof and Giroud collide on a 50/50 near the halfway line, and Atwell awards Chelsea the free kick from Lindelof’s foul.
15min: Ref Stuart Atwell is checking VAR for a possible handball. Atwell decides CHO did not handle the ball in the box, and it’s a drop ball to United.
14min: Rashford hits it well but Mendy punches it clear. Chelsea spring the counter, but are forced to probe again as United get back into a solid shell quickly. Ziyech fires in a low shot ~25 yards out, but De Gea easily collects
12min: Mount and McTominay collide, with Mount pulling out of high boot and McTominay landing on Mount. Unsurprisingly, McTominay is awarded the free kick despite his high boot creating the contact...
10min: Ensuing corner is headed out by Maguire and United spring a counter through Rashford, but Chilwell does well cutting off a cross into Greenwood.
8min: Chelsea defends Rashford’s attacking movement on our right really well, with Dave cutting off his run. They play it out of danger fast and efficiently to spring a counter which is eventually slowed down as Chelsea begin to probe left to right to work an attack into another corner.
6min: Rudiger goes on a long adventure taking the ball from box to box, however end product is lacking as he gives up possession with a lackluster cross into the box.
4min: In possession, Chelsea seem to be settling in with 3 at the back and Chilwell/CHO as the wingbacks. While CHO is much higher, Chilwell seems to be advanced as well.
3min: Chelsea take the corner short and it is dreadful. Wasted opportunity.
2min: At the moment, it does look like Chelsea are set up in a back 4, with Chilwell withdrawn and CHO high up the right. Mount fires a cross to Giroud on the far post and Shaw defends it well. Chelsea corner.
KICKOFF: The players are out, Chelsea in their home blues and United in their red/white kits. Players take a knee and Bruno kicks it off!
Tuchel’s unbeaten start to life at Chelsea faces another big test as away-specialists Manchester United come to town. A Chelsea win would see us move back into fourth, and only three points behind both United and Leicester City, who lost to Arsenal earlier today.
Tuchel’s either gone with a standard 3-4-3 with Chilwell at wing-back, or he’s gone with a 4-2-3-1 with Hudson-Odoi in attack. Given that it’s Ziyech starting, perhaps it’s the latter option?
Meanwhile, McTominay has miraculously recovered for United.
Here we go.
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1?):
Mendy | Chilwell, Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta (c) | Kovačić, Kanté | Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Ziyech | Giroud
Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, James, Emerson, Alonso, Jorginho, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner
Manchester United starting (4-2-3-1):
De Gea | Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Wan-Bissaka | Fred, McTominay | D.James, B.Fernandes, Greenwood | Rashford
Substitutes from: Henderson, Alex Telles, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Williams, Matić, Van de Beek, Amad, Martial
Date / Time: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 16.30 GMT; 11:30am EST; 10pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Stuart Attwell (on pitch); Chris Kavanagh (VAR)
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Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!