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What Enzo and Caicedo did to bypass Arsenal’s famed press so easily — explained in 6 pictures

Chelsea were undoubtedly the better side against Arsenal and ended up drawing the game only because of individual mistakes (Robert Sanchez, we’re looking at you).

Mauricio Pochettino outwitted Mikel Arteta with his tactics, including the use of Cole Palmer in a very deep false nine role. The midfield battle was won by Enzo, Gallagher and Caicedo.

The Gunners are known for their effective pressing — but Chelsea broke it easily on numerous occasions. A fan and tactical analyst nicknamed Mar’tics on Twitter explains how the Blues did it.

“Chelsea has improved in first phase of build-up, and we have seen it against Arsenal,” he tweeted. “Enzo Fernandez anticipated well Arsenal’s high pressing and moved cleverly to cover the tracks against man-oriented press.

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“Chelsea utilizes more wide positions to progress in build-up. It eased out Enzo’s moves. Given Rice frequently anticipated the pass to Caicedo, Cucurella and Gusto had interesting diagonal passes to make behind Arsenal’s pressing.

“Chelsea also improves its build-up because of wingers drop-offs. Here Mudryk dropped to ease out the build-up, especially when the opponent pin the defense back.

“As soon as Arsenal’s pressing has been bypassed, Chelsea ended up in numerical superiority. However, many of those situations could have been dangerous opportunities, there are still some adjustments in finishing.

“Caicedo and Enzo, even if they didn’t show their best physical condition, seem to develop more and more automatisms, and now we can see the difference in their roles.

“While Caicedo stays as holding midfielder and secured potential ball losses, Enzo has more freedom and catalyzed the build-up on flanks. Chelsea is on the good path and I think we will see some concrete improvements in the next games.”….CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>

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