Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Oscar has been taken to a hospital after coming off injured in Sunday’s match at Arsenal. The Brazilian was injured in the first half of the 0-0 draw when Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina clattered into him in, but was only substituted at half time.
Now to match report:
Chelsea (4-3-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas (Zouma 90), Willian (Cuadrado 90+3); Ramires, Oscar (Drogba h/t), Hazard.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Coquelin (Welbeck 76), Ramsey, Cazorla; Ozil, Giroud (Walcott 84), Sanchez.
Referee: Michael Oliver
The Blues are just a footstep away from the title as they earned a hard-fought draw at the Emirates against the Gunners today. The game wasn’t very entertaining for the neutrals as it ended in a goalless draw. But overall Chelsea certainly deserve some credit, mainly because they were without a fully fit striker, and still managed to get an ample number of shots on target. Arsenal were very good in the attacking department, but their attacks were not decisive enough to break Chelsea’s wall of defense. Here’s a brief match report on this game.
Chelsea’s formation was very interesting as Oscar started up front due to the absence of Costa and Remy. Drogba was not fully match fit and featured on the bench at the start of the game. Hazard and Willian were on the flanks with Fabregas as the number 10 and Matic and Ramires made up the defensive pivot. The Defense had regular starters, and Thibaut was manning the posts.
Both the teams started the first half with great energy and enthusiasm, with the game being end-to-end for the first 20 minutes. Chelsea’s attacks were impressive but did not have an end product because of the absence of a proper striker. Although they did come close to scoring a couple of times with the likes of Ramires and Oscar. The most annoying aspect of the first half was Michael Oliver as he did not give two clear-cut penalties to Chelsea and one to Arsenal. Apart from the penalties, his decisions in other areas were also poor. Arsenal were very impressive as their attacks were good and quick, but Chelsea’s defense stood up to the task equally. Some stand-out performers from the first half were Willian, Terry, and Azpilicueta while other players were great too.
‘False 9’ Striker Oscar was replaced by Drogba in the second half as the Brazilian suffered a concussion due to a clash with the Arsenal goalkeeper. He was taken to the hospital after the game just to be sure. The rest of the formation was pretty much the same.
Although Chelsea came to the Emirates for a draw, the introduction of Drogba allowed the Blues to create more counter-attacks but the attacks were not effective enough. Arsenal had more possession of the ball than Chelsea and also dominated in creating chances and taking shots on goal. But all in vain as Chelsea’s solid wall of defense was having none of it. 90% of Arsenal’s attacks could not unlock our defense and Courtois hardly had a save to make. During corners and set pieces, the big men inside the box were very effective as they cleared most of the balls with conviction. Some impressive performers from the second half were Terry, Ramires, Azpilicueta and Willian.
Overall, it was a good away game for Mourinho’s men in every sense as it brought them even closer to the title but Arsenal also deserve some credit for fighting till the end for a winner. Chelsea’s next fixture is away to Leicester City and a win over there will most probably assure that the title is coming to Stamford Bridge.
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Edited By: Vikram