What Does the Chelsea vs Hull Heat Map Tell Us?

Alonso in the “Garysitter” role, Kante playing holding mid in the attacking third, and Hazard is afraid of land sharks…

I’ve been pondering the heat map from the Hull match in light of the ESPN FC story on who wins and who loses in Conte’s alleged 3-4-3 system. I say alleged because for the moment the roles still strike me as … fluid.

You can find all the heat maps for the game at WhoScored.com. I have tried to sort of turn that data into a digestible abstract of the detailed maps, although I admit up front there might be places where my map is a bit misleading (due to the fact that players run around a lot).

So here’s my graphic:

Chelsea vs Hull heat map

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Chelsea vs Hull: Better. Sort Of.

Antonio Conte’s tactics today give us a hint of where he’s heading and the result was positive. Still, many questions remain.

This morning’s 2-0 win over Hull was a decided improvement over our last couple of league outings, the most recent of which provoked a detailed critique from me last weekend. That posting proved highly controversial, as a number of people were outraged at my argument despite having clearly not read it.

The main development today was the deployment of a three-man back line. Sort of. Continue reading “Chelsea vs Hull: Better. Sort Of.”

Response to “Antonio Conte has NO IDEA what he’s doing”

Antonio Conte is not the problem and neither is his stubbornness or mentality. The pieces we put around him are the same pieces that cost our greatest manager ever his job.

People like to act like he inherited Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli, but the truth is he MADE them. The season before Conte took over Juventus, the Old Lady finished 7th in a weakened Serie A and crashed out of the group stages in the Europa League to Lech Poznan. Yes, the famous Italian trio we know today conceded 3 goals to Lech Poznan. The season after, Juve won the league without losing a single game and conceding 27 less goals than the season before. Continue reading “Response to “Antonio Conte has NO IDEA what he’s doing””

Antonio Conte has NO IDEA what he’s doing

The new Chelsea manager is in way over his head, and his own stubbornness is his worst enemy. And ours. Abramovich should give him one week to demonstrate that he’s willing to adapt.

Pigheadedness is a bad quality in a manager. And new Chelsea man-in-charge Antonio Conte is so pigheaded he makes Jose Mourinho look like a new age couples counselor by comparison. Continue reading “Antonio Conte has NO IDEA what he’s doing”

The Case For/Against Tomas Kalas

Over the next few days we will examine 11 Chelsea prospects in every position on the pitch and analyze their potential for the first team in the future.

GK- Jamal Blackman
RB- Todd Kane
CB- Andreas Christensen
CB- Tomas Kalas
LB- Jay Dasilva
DM- Ruben Loftus-Cheek
CM- Lewis Baker
CAM- Izzy Brown
CAM- Lucas Piazon
ST- Dominic Solanke
ST- Patrick Bamford

Case For Tomas Kalas Continue reading “The Case For/Against Tomas Kalas”

The Case For/Against Andreas Christensen

Over the next few days we will examine 11 Chelsea prospects in every position on the pitch and analyze their potential for the first team in the future.

GK- Jamal Blackman
RB- Todd Kane
CB- Andreas Christensen
CB- Tomas Kalas
LB- Jay Dasilva
DM- Ruben Loftus-Cheek
CM- Lewis Baker
CAM- Izzy Brown
CAM- Lucas Piazon
ST- Dominic Solanke
ST- Patrick Bamford

The Case For Andreas Christensen Continue reading “The Case For/Against Andreas Christensen”