Chelsea came against Steve Bruce’s Hull and negotiated a tricky clash with all 3 points.
Hull employed a 3-5-2 formation which has been a regular feature of their season. Chelsea went in with a 4-2-3-1
The Extra Man in the Midfield
You will be forgiven to think that Hull employed a press successfully in the first half and ran out of gas in the second. It was rather the extra man in the midfield that made building from the back difficult for Chelsea.
Defending Deep in Numbers
Hull defended with 9 men. Even Sagbo dropped down often to make that number. As soon Chelsea played the ball back, they expanded and closed the space.
Safety Comes First
Mou employed a patient approach with 4 people attacking almost a 4-2-4 during the attack with fullbacks & midfielders joining and wingers dropping back. The below graphic from MOTD shows it best.
The idea is that you get an opening, and the quality will make a difference. This almost when Oscar was denied brilliantly by goalkeeper. In the second half Ramires was given more license to attack & Hazard gave Chelsea the lead to ease the pressure off Chelsea.
David Luiz Makes a difference in the midfield
Luiz brings a lot to the midfield over Mikel. His impact was visible in the match. He made 4 interceptions, 16 effective clearances, attempted 16 long balls out of which 9 were accurate. His total attempted passes are 69. All the stats are the highest for any Chelsea player. All stats from WhoScored.
45% of Chelsea attacks came from the left side. Only 24% from the right. Chelsea lacked wing play. Chelsea could have exploited the 3 at the back formation with accurate long through balls to Eden Hazard or Willian to start attacks.