The Blues are set to face the London club on Saturday in the Premier League, seeking to atone for their FA Cup semi-final loss last month, although this game is nothing compared to the Champions League final scheduled between the two teams on May 29. .
Pep Guardiola lost his exceptional record against Thomas Tuchel – the Catalan had never lost in his previous five encounters – in the teams’ last meeting at Wembley, although it is interesting to note that City made multiple changes of personnel before this defeat.
While it is a fair assessment to suggest that Chelsea deserved this result, there was one player in particular on Tuchel’s side who caused significant problems for City and constantly posed a threat, asking difficult and uncomfortable questions of the defense. of City this afternoon.
Notably, Timo Werner found a gap between the lines of City’s backline at Wembley, exploiting the wide areas with his electric pace, and the German’s roaming behind ultimately turned out to be the loss of the Blues.
After sending out several warnings, Werner eventually clung to a search ball on the left side that separated Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias before playing a pass through the helpless Zack Steffen for Hakim Ziyech to effortlessly lunge at home .
That goal turned out to be the winner and the quadruple dream came to an end for another year.
While it is almost sacrilegious to suggest that this conquering City side have a weakness, Chelsea’s tactical plan was executed flawlessly on this occasion, demonstrating that Guardiola’s side can be left off the hook during a quick transition to the counterattack.
Werner, who displays a pace that few players in the world can match, is the key player in facilitating such attacks, giving Chelsea their outlet in the wide areas, which is exactly what the 25-year-old has. performed at Wembley with great success.
Despite their modest position in the Premier League, Leeds are another team that has troubled City on the counterattack this season, emerging with all three points at the Etihad with just two shots on target, completing the smash and grab.
So, the Blues have shown glimpses of vulnerability in these circumstances and they will certainly have to learn from these losses.