|Picture 1. Buildup to the first goal|
THANKS TO HIS DEBUT brace, Demba Ba gets to dominate the headlines after the Blues 5-1 victory over Southampton in the FA Cup. But it was Chelsea's overloading of the left side that led them to their first three goals.
On paper, Eden Hazard (right) and Victor Moses (left) start on the opposite flank while Juan Mata roams in the center of the attacking third. In reality, both Hazard and Mata seem to have a free role, moving about the pitch as they see fit.
In the buildup to their first goal, Mata characteristically dropped deep to collect a pass from Branislav Ivanovic. Meanwhile, Hazard the "right winger" was on the left, creating a 2v1 with Moses against Jack Cork. After a quick exchange with Moses, Hazard was through on the left wing quite easily. Mata accompanied the Belgium to create another 2v1 against Jose Fonte. Hazard found Mata with a square pass and the Spaniard dodged a tackle from Maya Yoshida before chipping the ball toward the goal. Demba Ba made sure it went in.
Aside from the overloading of the left, Hazard's burst of speed and Mata's instinctive dribble past Yoshida were crucial in the buildup to this goal. Next!
|Picture 2. Buildup to the second goal|
Just before halftime, Moses, Mata and Cole were combining well on the left side. Hazard took the central role around the 'D'. When the initial cross from Mata was cleared, Moses exchanged passes neatly with Cole on the edge of the box on the left.
Having worked their way around the first Southampton player, Moses, Mata and Cole faced a 3v2 in the box. Mata made an important diagonal run to drag Steven Davis aside, opening up a forward pass for Cole. But the left-back would cut back to Moses who found himself with a bit of space. His finish was pure quality, but left overload again created this chance.
|Picture 3. Buildup to the third goal|
The third goal began from a corner, which Hazard took from the left. It was cleared by Southampton, but it fell to Cole around the halfway line. When Cole passed the ball forward to Hazard, Chelsea found themselves in another left side overload with Mata, Hazard and Moses all in that region.
While Moses dashed toward the box centrally, Hazard supported Mata on the wing, making it easier for the Spaniard to beat James Ward-Prowse before making a perfect cross into the box for Ivanovic to head home.
ALL THREE OF THESE goals came about when Chelsea overloaded the left side, with Mata and Hazard moving around freely. Man of the moment, Juan Mata played a vital role in all these goals.
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