Manchester City maintained their pursuit of first-placed Liverpool after overcoming in-form Chelsea, just hours after Roberto Firmino’s late winning goal gave the Premier League leaders three points at Crystal Palace. With Manchester United and Sheffield United playing out an entertaining draw, Burnley winning at Watford and Everton losing at home to Norwich, the professional coaches at the The Coaches’ Voice have analysed the tactics involved in each outcome.
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
Unusually, hosts Manchester City encountered opponents who were instead dominant in possession, largely owing to the asymmetrical 4-3-3 that troubled the defending champions. Frank Lampard’s team featured N’Golo Kanté providing delayed forward runs from central midfield, and Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic forming a left-sided double pivot (below), behind wide attackers Willian and Christian Pulisic, who moved inside to draw City’s defence into a narrower shape.