Chelsea went away to face Liverpool at Anfield last evening, and the blues were looking to cement their place in the top four of the league for the season. The only obstacle on their way was the former premier league champions, but the blues were able to overcome them thanks to a masterclass tactical performance from their head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Mason Mount’s goal in the late minutes of the first half was the deciding factor in the game, and it allowed Chelsea to relax and capitalize on their game plan to the maximum. This article is focused on discussing 2 key things Thomas Tuchel did, that allowed him to beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
1) Solid Defensive Shape:
Thomas Tuchel set up his Chelsea team to play in a 3-5-2 formation, allowing his wingbacks to fold in and give the Chelsea’s defense a solid shape. Liverpool were unable to break through for hours despite the qualities of Salah, Mane and Firmino. In fact Liverpool did not have a single shot on target until the 78th minute when a header from Wijnaldum was easily saved by Edouard Mendy. Thomas Tuchel is to praise for that improved Chelsea defense that have now kept 7 clean sheets in 9 games.
2) Game plan/ Tactics Execution:
Another interesting thing about the Chelsea win yesterday, was the fact that they executed their game plan to perfection. From the start, Chelsea made it clear that they would look to use the pace of players like Werner and Mount, who would run behind defenders, while they send cross field passes from the midfield diagonally and straight into the feet of their forwards. And over and over again, Liverpool fell for this trick as they continued to commit bodies forward and failed to respond to the threat from Chelsea. Mount was finally able to give Chelsea the lead, after one such pass came from Kante in midfield, and the young attacker was allowed o drive his home into the bottom corner.
It was a complete tactical genius from the books of Thomas Tuchel, and n ow Chelsea would be looking to continue their fine form against Everton in their next home game. For Liverpool, it seems like their premier league season is over, and they should fully concentrate on winning the UCL now.