Chelsea v Reading

My thoughts on Chelsea v Reading.

Teams

Reading played a textbook 4-5-1 with 3 central midfielders to stifle midfield passing (ironically reminiscent of Chelsea v Barca). Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 actually struggled to break through for long periods as Reading’s strategy was working in the middle and they couldn’t get enough width to break it. The big battle of this game was on the flanks between Reading’s wingers who weren’t particularly suited to defending, and Chelsea’s fullbacks who were trying to bomb on and provide the width. In the end, though the latter won, the game turned on Reading’s goalie error when they were leading 2-1 and sitting far too deep. The next (offside) Chelsea goal came from width (Cole’s assist). The final goal also developed down the wing, though obviously it was a bizarre one with no goalkeeper present.

Individuals:

Ivanovic v Cole

Just as the members stats said, basically. Ivanovic was further forward and he drifted more central. Unlike Cole, he was happy to play on the inside when interchanging with the wide midfielders. Might have been a bit of shock when you saw Hazard cut the ball inside to Ivanovic to score the final goal. Hard to comment on the defensive performances; the Reading goals came from both flanks, though they weren’t straightforward chances so it’s hard to assign fault.

Mata v Hazard

It’s very clear that Hazard is playing furthest forward. Mata is playing much deeper than you’d think when he is described as playing in the hole. He can play deep as Ramires and far behind Hazard. His job in the team is primarily to sustain the passing, not to score or assist, and he may well suffer from assist-the-assister syndrome (technically this was the case for Cahill’s goal as he passed to Hazard who passed to Cahill – it was hardly a goalscoring opportunity though). Mata did have two shots off target when Reading sat deep, though in both cases he was still behind multiple Chelsea players. One of his few points opportunities was his excellent cross from a free kick, but if you wanted someone for set pieces it would be Lamps. Basically, I think Mata is this year’s Modric.

Torres

Torres simply didn’t get good service, and I think that’s as much something to worry about as his supposed flakiness. He was massively outnumbered as the lone forward with not only two center backs but three central midfielders surrounding him. Chelsea’s midfield is not actually built as many of us expected – to feed Torres with through balls. The midfielders get forward and try to have a go themselves, with most of the crosses coming from overlapping fullbacks, one of which Torres scored from. Torres often is trying to create for the midfielders instead of vice versa, holding up play and drifting wide. The sad thing is that Torres craves through balls – the perfect example is the one Ramires played to him in the Community Shield. The only player I see as consistently able to deliver these is Mata, and he’s way too deep.

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8 thoughts on “Chelsea v Reading

  1. Nice article…It is worth mentioning that Reading’s goal keeper not too good especially coming in to head the reading’s corner with almost one minute to go. And Eden Hazard is unselfish. He could have scored the last goal, but he simply passed on to ivanovic who was in a better position and thus Chelsea cemented the victory… simply another great game in the unpredicted and challenging premier league.

    • +1 totally agree Gooner, if only Ramires had taken a leaf from Hazard’s book in the early stages of the game 😦

      • had hazard in my team when i finalised..during the last hour i changed my mind and changed him back to mata.. which i regret now.. 😦 what to do.. this is all part of the game na..

        I am really scared because i think my next fixture is with you sir.

        • I scored more than anyone from 12th down and I’m in last 😦

          • that is the essence of a head to head league..
            and i am sure you will taste lot of success in the coming weeks…
            cheer up buddy.

            • I’m expecting a huge disappointment next week so I don’t think you have anything to worry about. It’ll boil down to luck on my part because I’m unsure whether to take a hit yet :/

              • same here… i am still unsure whether or not to take a hit or not.. can you rate my team, if you can because i am new to fantasy league.

  2. HELP NEEDED….
    Since i am new to this game, I didn’t know that prices drop and go up.
    Only when admin Pratik told me about this one, I came to know. Thank you Pratik..
    By the way he insisted that i should not take 4 point hit. I am in utter dismay here since i have 3 players from Chelsea and 2 from Reading + aguero…

    Aguero’s transfer is the priority now. So swapping him with tevez will be done this week.
    But 3 chelsea players torres, mata and ivanovic…I am not so profound of Mata who had 2 bad games as far as FPL is concerned. What i was thinking was to swap mata for Kagawa or nasri by taking a 4 point hit this week. Should I do this or not?

    If you were me, What would you do in this situation?
    Please comment guys.

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