Sam Allardyce has revealed the secret behind West Brom’s victory against Chelsea. The West Brom’s boss said that targeting “rash” Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, was the key to beating the Blues.
No one could have imagined that Chelsea would lose heavily [5-2] to the Baggies as Thomas Tuchel saw his unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge come to a brutal end.
After losing defender Thiago Silva to a red card in the first half, the floodgates opened for the visitors. Allardyce now claims he was actually targeting shot-stopper, Mendy, with his tactics.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the West Brom manager said: “Letting them play out from the back for the goalkeeper would be a mistake.”
“That may have been a tactic we used later in the game but if it works try and keep doing it for as long as possible. That’s why we played two split upfront with Mateus Pereira and Mbaye Diagne.”
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“The press worked very, very well and there is something with their goalkeeper, who can be rash, he can rush out.”
The boss added: “If you saw the first goal we scored, he came dashing to the edge of his box and didn’t get anywhere near.”
“We felt every time we went back to the goal and we put him under pressure that gave us good opportunities.”
“Obviously you could say the sending off helped, playing against ten men, but you’ve got to beat what’s still a very good side.”