#2 Chelsea's gung-ho approach
Frank Lampard’s style of football might be a bit gung-ho for some fans, but for neutrals it’s fantastic to watch, as his young Blues side remain one of the most dangerous and dynamic sides when it comes to attacking in numbers. While Valencia focused largely on counter-attacks, Chelsea simply looked promising every time they came forward.
Both N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic showed fantastic ball-carrying skills from midfield, dribbling into dangerous areas to begin the Blues’ attacks, and wide-men Christian Pulisic and Willian – backed up by full-backs Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta – sent dangerous balls across Valencia’s box on numerous occasions.
It was only some really solid defending from the Spanish side – with both Ezequiel Garay and Gabriel Paulista holding firm – that prevented Chelsea from scoring more goals, and even then they had 16 attempts.
If Lampard’s side are forced to play without the hold-up skills of Tammy Abraham – who was stretchered off at half-time – for a while then they will definitely miss their top goalscorer, but judging by tonight they have enough firepower to threaten any opponents.Published 28 Nov 2019, 02:26 IST