Tribalfootball.com's tactics expert Connor Holden pulls apart Chelsea and Bournemouth's stalemate at Dean Court on Sunday, with Lewis Cook's brilliant marking job on Enzo Fernandez among the keys to the game...
In a 0-0 "bore draw" between the two sides, we are going to take a deeper look at what factors played into this goalless tie, including Chelsea's attacking pattern, key concerns and what Bournemouth did to unsettle the visitors in build up - and get a grasp on the game themselves.
In the two images above, we have the starting lineups for both sides, and the way Sofascore had the teams looking on paper.
However for Chelsea, this wasn't the shape they kept, as it formed more of a 4-3-3 and a slightly changed build up to previous weeks.
In the two images above, we have the starting shape for Chelsea (image 1) and image 2 showing the build up shape which for once stayed familiar to the 4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1 formation, rather than becoming a 3-2-5 that Chelsea have adopted in rotation in previous weeks.
In games prior, Levi Colwill had been inverting from left-back to become a left centre-back and form a back three with Thiago Silva and Axel Disasi. Malo Gusto would then push much higher (early on in the first phase of build up and throughout the attacking patterns) to almost join the front 5.
However against Bournemouth, Chelsea didn't seem to form their same 3-2 initial build up shape that had been formed by the two pivot players, and 3 defenders. Instead, they had Colwill and Gusto staying in their fullback positions for that first phase of build up, with Lesley Ugochukwu as the deepest midfielder, playing the central role.
Forming a 4-1 at times with the back four and Ugochukwu (inRead on tribalfootball.com