Excellent: Pochettino Takes a Formation Gamble to Upset Dominant Man City

Pochettino’s High-Stakes Tactics: Taking a Formation Gamble to Upset Dominant City

Mauricio Pochettino has just made a very significant substitution against Man City.

His team are 1-0 up, there are 20 minutes to play and City are on the front foot, really squeezing Chelsea into their own area.

Pochettino’s response has been to take off one of his attacking players, Cole Palmer, and bring on a defender.

That means a season debut for Trevoh Chalobah. What a moment for him to return after so long out.

It also means a formation change for Chelsea, who switch to three at the back, three in the middle then Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku in attack. It should help us defend against the major width that City produce, while reducing the threat we have on the counter. We can see what the coach is thinking.

If this works out and relieves the pressure on Chelsea, expect plenty of praise for this move from the manager, who has had plenty of criticism for his in game decision before.

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