Thomas Frank reacts to Pochettino’s decision to play 5 defenders against Brentford

Thomas Frank reacts to Pochettino’s decision to play 5 defenders against Brentford

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino decided to change his playing system for the game against Brentford.

The Blues manager started five defenders, with Trevoh Chalobah, Levi Colwill and Disasi starting as a back three, flanked by Ben Chilwell and Malo Gusto who played as wing-backs.

After the game, Pochettino spoke about his switch to a back three, and explained he needed to help his midfielders who were already tired since the Carabao Cup final.

“It was to provide the team a different way to play,” Pochettino said after the 2-2 draw with Brentford.

“We needed to provide the midfield the possibility not to cover too much distance. I think Enzo, Caicedo and Gallagher had to start but were really, really tired.

“I wanted to provide the team with a different way to play for different circumstances. I think we needed more consistency and to be more solid.

“After playing the final on Sunday and the game on Wednesday, they were two tough games and we needed to be more solid, that is why we picked that system.”

Meanwhile, Brentford boss Thomas Frank was surprised at Chelsea’s formation, and wondered if Chelsea were afraid of his team.

When asked about Chelsea changing their formation against Brentford, Thomas Frank said after the 2-2 draw: “Thank you for that question, they played a back three in the first four of the games of the season then in 21 games in a row they played a back four.

“They’ve had all their players available, then they change it suddenly for us. Why – do they fear us, do they think we’re good? I don’t know, but that’s interesting so we must do something well.”

When asked about Chelsea playing it long during the game, Frank also said: “Of course, we are the best high-pressing team in the league.

“I think it was the right strategy, I would do the same if I’m playing against us, I would go long every single time.”

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