The Debrief: Pacy pairing and cutting City chances was Chelsea’s Wembley way

Stifling City’s usual threat

The effectiveness of Chelsea’s attacking plan against quality opponents is highlighted by the three ‘big chances’ we created to City’s one. Contrast that with the season’s averages in the Premier League, during which we have created 2.3 big chances per game, while Guardiola’s side normally create almost three times as many as they did at Wembley – with a league season average of 2.9.

The sturdiness of Chelsea’s defending under Tuchel is well-known and since he took charge we have the most clean sheets in all competitions across all teams in Europe’s five biggest leagues. Saturday’s was the 14th.

Top of our tacklers were Jorginho with four and Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount with three, while Thiago Silva was responsible for two interceptions from our team total of seven, the same number as Kai Havertz managed despite only coming on in the 78th minute. That was an important contribution from the substitute as it was when Man City had one of their stronger spells as they pushed hard for an equaliser.

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