Chelsea deployed a 4-3-3 set-up against Plymouth in the FA Cup final, with full-backs given license to push forward. As we discussed in our post-match tactical analysis, the Blues’ tried to attack through wings.
One of such moves ended in right-back Cesar Azpilicueta scoring with a brilliant backheel finish; another attacking play saw left-back Marcos Alonso net a winning strike for Chelsea in extra time.
And the captain says the Blues prepared this full-back strategy as he explains what Chelsea need to work on to make sure they beat ultra-defensive sides like Plymouth in 90 minutes.
“We tried to create some overloads on the sides,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s official website when asked about the Blues’ strategy against Plymouth Argyle.
“In the second half they pushed us a bit more and we couldn’t get into the box as much as in the first half when we could find Hakim, Mason with movement, try to create space for each other.
“When you have the ball in the final third, you need to create movement. Sometimes the attacking guys need a bit of support from the back, sometimes unselfish runs to create space for our teammates, but overall we need to be more aggressive and occupy the box better.
“We are happy to go through, but we know there are a lot of things to improve, and we will work on them straight away.