Discussing Chelsea’s second-half success yesterday 0

I’m not going to credit Demba Ba for being the sole reason why Chelsea were able to turn a half-time deficit into a full-time victory yesterday, but his introduction at the break - and the tactical alterations which were made to accommodate him - clearly had a profound effect on the shape of the game against Southampton.

Here, courtesy of Squawka, are some graphics which illustrate the half-to-half differences yesterday.

Heat-map (0-45 minutes):

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Heat-map (45-90 minutes):

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Chelsea struggled in the first-half to gain any kind of offensive traction, and their visits to the final-third were fleeting and frequently ineffective. Instead of sustained periods of attacking pressure, and possession within pertinent areas, Jose Mourinho’s side were restricted to playing almost on the counter-attack and, with only Fernando Torres up-front, too frequently played into the teeth of the Southampton defence.

Passing-chart (0-45 minutes)

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Passing-chart (45-90 minutes)

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That second series of graphics is really just a further illustration of the same point, and they demonstrate how - amongst other factors - the extra attacking weight and options provided by Ba’s introduction allowed Chelsea to play their football more frequently in more dangerous areas of the pitch.

Top marks tactically for Jose Mourinho yesterday, as he found a way to crack one of the most stubborn sides in the Premier League.

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