The Debrief: How fluid front three ran rings round Palace

Ben Chilwell picked up where he left off in Seville, but this time he was joined on the opposite flank by the more attack-minded talents of Hudson-Odoi, although Reece James did manage to join the latter in getting an assist from the right after replacing him in the second half.

That isn’t to say they weren’t doing their defensive job too, with Hudson-Odoi’s four blocks the joint-highest for Chelsea, alongside Havertz higher up the pitch, but it was going forward that they caused Palace the most problems.

Although Chilwell more than played his part, as shown when his burst down the left resulted in the free-kick which gave us our third goal, it was down the right that we enjoyed our most success. A notable 40 per cent of all Chelsea attacks took place down that flank, compared to just 26 per cent coming through the middle of the pitch.

The impact from both flanks is clear from the fact one of our wing-backs was involved out by the touchline with one of the last three touches for all four of our goals, two by Chilwell and one each by Hudson-Odoi and James.


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