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Chelsea defeated Lille 2-1 within the Champions League final night time, however Frank Lampard's workforce was not fairly comfy, with the nationwide workforce having been squeezed a number of instances all through the match.
Though the Blues dominated with 63% possession of the ball, they didn’t do a lot in comparison with their final two video games.
Chelsea made 22 saves towards Valencia two weeks in the past and scored 6 targets.
In opposition to Brighton, they’d the identical variety of makes an attempt with 24 targets and eight targets.
Final night time, towards Lille, they managed solely 11 makes an attempt to Lille objective with solely Three targets, together with 2 targets.
Happily for Chelsea, they had been medical. One other night time (Valencia for instance), they may simply have misplaced that.
Lille lobbied however fell when Chelsea created the ball, blocking Chelsea's outlet into the huge canals. This compelled Chelsea's again to proceed to go to the again attempting to play within the again.
This was as a result of there was no exit within the center the place the defenders may cross, in order that they needed to go additional.
If Chelsea began with a Four-Three-Three or a Four-2-Three-1, which Lampard lastly opted for victory, it will have given them that additional physique within the middle of the sphere, making it simpler to faint and rise up. rapidly, which creates extra probabilities.
That's precisely what occurred when Lampard lastly rocked in the midst of the primary half.
Reece James left for Callum Hudson-Odoi, which implies that Mason Mount may drop centrally. This completely opened up the sport, created holes within the middle and opened up extra space, which meant it was simpler for Chelsea to play and progress.
In consequence, Chelsea attacked additional and the profitable objective arrived.
Statistics by way of the BBC.