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Chelsea's pressing Sarri-ball problem that Man City exposed - and why the Italian can't fix it

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Below, is a basic example of Chelsea’s pressing problem in the match.

Interestingly, the large majority of opposing teams shouldn’t cause this problem for Sarri, because very few sides occupy the half-spaces as relentlessly as Guardiola’s City.



Commonly, in most footballing contests, one team takes the superior role, and the other takes the inferior role, certainly in terms of possession.



It was Chelsea’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat, and it was delivered by arguably the best side that the country has ever seen.

Usually, the team visiting the Etihad would naturally assume the inferior position by realistically accepting that Man City, especially as the home side, will dominate the play.

How did Chelsea, who had won their previous match 5-0 against Huddersfield, manage to lose by such a margin against a supposed direct rival?

The reason for that progression being so easy was due to Chelsea’s pressing approach but particularly the usage of Kante and Barkley, who willingly vacated key defensive areas to press unsuccessfully.
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