Burnley 1 vs 3 Chelsea (18th August 2014)

As always, with these of these visualisations I expect that each viewer will note something different.

A few things I noticed:

  • Chelsea were on the front foot right from the off.  Around the 20th minute mark only their two centre halves remained in their own half.
  • In the first half, during Chelsea’s dominance, Burnley’s right sided players, Mee and Taylor, were both quite advanced, certainly more so than Trippier and Arfield on the opposite wing.
  • For the first half hour Fabregas played in a more attacking role than Oscar, after this period (ie when the game was won) those two players reverted to more like their published starting positions.
  • From the 37th minute Chelsea visibly dropped deeper; they shut up shop before half time immediately after they scored their 3rd goal.  Oscar and Fabregas moved back and tucked inside to screen the defensive line.
  • In he second half when Chelsea attacked, Azpilicueta stayed at home.  Though this might have been a function of the fact that Burnley seemed to target their right wing as Trippier, Arfield, Ings and Marney all appeared on this wing.
  • The final 25 minutes seen a return to Chelsea dropping back deeper and Burnley having some sustained playing team in their attacking third.
  • Burnley’s Jutkiewicz was named as a striker but he played deeper than Danny Ings for most of the game.

Let me know what you pick out from the positional movement viz below:

  • Errorr

    Is it just me or does Hazard seem like the weakest link in that lineup… I think Oscar played deeper because of Hazard and part of me thinks they would be more dangerous if they switched Shürle to left and put Willian on right and unleash Oscar to roam and do all those awesome Oscar things…

    God this team healthy looks great, I only worry about depth… kinda… sorta, at FB mostly.

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