Chelsea football club has the best defensive record in Europe this season. The London-based clubs have only conceded three goals in the English Premier League against Manchester City, Liverpool, and Burnley. In the UEFA Champions League group stages, they have only conceded one goal against Juventus. Thomas Tuchel has done tremendous work since being appointed as the club's manager.
Currently, the blues are topping the Premier League with 29 points after playing twelve matches this season. Today, Chelsea will be hosting Manchester United at the Stamford Bridge. This will be one of the most interesting fixtures in the English Premier League on the ongoing season. The Blues have the highest chances of winning this match. However, Manchester United can emerge as the winners only if Michael Carrick can fully utilize these two weak spots in the Chelsea defense.
1. Left flank
This is one of the weak spots in Chelsea's defense. Thomas Tuchel since taking over chanced his starting lineup to 3-4-3 of 3-5-2 formations. This means that he utilizes Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs. Both players are good at attacking but lack defensive qualities. In addition to that, they also lack pace. The only thing Michael Carrick has to do is to start Marcus Rashford on the left flank. Rashford will utilize his speed to terrorize Chelsea's defense while attacking from the left-wing.
2. Center back position
Tuchel has a couple of world-class center backs at his disposal. Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Christensen, and Trevoh Chalobah are available for selection. However, all these players are slower and will find it difficult to defend against a faster center forward such as Cristiano Ronald. Manchester United might end up being awarded a penalty by the center referee, Anthony Taylor who has a bad reputation in these fixtures. Carrick should pair up Cristiano and Cavani up front. The two strikers are well experienced and will give Chelsea center backs a difficult time.
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