Sunday, 15 March 2009

Chelsea's passing dominates City's

The best explanation I can find of our defeat from the Guardian chalkboards. Look at the sheer volume of Chelsea passing in the centre circle and in our half. And then look at we achieved - a few moves down the flanks but very little through the middle of the pitch. Or how many successful passes Chelsea made into our box versus the two or three we made into theirs. Or just check out the numbers: 375 successful passes plays 292, 326 plays 265 in open play. (These graphics improve if you click 'Hide numbers'.)

This is what happens when it's Lampard, Ballack and Essien versus Elano, Ireland and Zabaleta in central midfield. Ballack had a 100% pass completion rate today.

by Guardian Chalkboards

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