In frames of the seven round of English Premier League “Chelsea” had won away match with “Hull City”.
During the first half Antonio Conte’s team didn’t impress the fans, but after interval “Chelsea” had became more active and performed two “dry” balls. Willian and Diego Costa were the authors of well-placed shots.
The Premier League calendar is testing Mike Phelan’s team on stress. After the matches against “Arsenal” and “Liverpool”, “Hull City” in the seventh round was hosting “Chelsea”. Antonio Conte’s team in Kingston-upon-Hull was playing as wounded animal. “Chelsea” did not win three matches in a row of the Championship, and defeats from “Liverpool” and “Arsenal” were especially painful for “Chelsea” fans. On Saturday Conte’s team had to rehabilitate.
Disqualified Ahmed Elmohamady was not able to play right defense for “Hull City”. On this position he was replaced by David Meyler. Mike Phelan has made some more interesting shifts. In the central part of the field Markus Henriksen was playing, and in the attack the chance was given to Dieumerci Mbokani. Thomas Huddlestone and Abel Hernandez were left at dugout. Antonio Conte could also surprise the football public. “Chelsea” used the model with three defenders and two wingers: Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses.
“Hull City”was desperately losing to “Arsenal” and “Liverpool” because of poor arrangement of the defensive line. “Tigers” were not able to cope with pressure and instinctively chose blind defense. Mike Phelan’s football players have drawn right conclusions, and “Chelsea” at “Kingston Communications” could not take the initiative from the very beginning. Moreover, the first dangerous scoring chance in debut was created by the hosts. The master of standard positions Robert Snodgrass has punched from penalty area, Diego Costa header who was in wall came to Thibaut Courtois, but he ,nevertheless, faced of the threat.
The team of Mike Phelan continued to look rather convincingly. On the equator of first half Ryan Mason had very promising chance. He shot from the left edge of penalty area, but defenders have managed to block the ball. “Chelsea”, in turn, can’t be proud of nothing except the best percent of ball possession. Londoners definitely were lacking of speed, and Eden Hazard who had to create good rhythm was blocked by the football players of “Hull City”.
By the time of interval the rare aggravation in match happened after dense shot of Mason behind the penalty area. Thibaut Courtois in this episode had coped with his task, having passed ball to end line. The first half of game didn’t amuse the audience with the big number of the scoring chances and has naturally come to the end with zero on board. Antonio Conte was ready for a serious talk with the team in changing roomAfter the interval “Chelsea” was acting much more firmly. Already at the beginning of the second half Eden Hazard has checked Marshall, having shot the bar from middle range. The goalkeeper of “Hull City” was perfect and passed the ball to corner. Shortly, Diego Costa has overplayed the goalkeeper of hosts, however on the right from sharp corner the Spanish forwarder had shot in bar, and Kante had missed.
The goal was coming, and on the 61st minute Antonio Conte’s guys have come forward. Diego Costa has made solo pass on the center and has passed ball to the left on Willian, who has reached penalty area and has made direct swinger in far corner! Football players of “Chelsea” did not plan to be satisfied with what has already been achieved. Shortly Diego Costa from middle range punched in the right corner – Marshall has played solidly. And on the equator of the second half guests from London after all have strengthened their advantage. After Matic’s shot the ball came to Davis and bounced to Costa. Diego has sent the ball precisely to the far corner.
Hull City has appeared to be in difficult situation of which it was extremely difficult to get out. On the 77th minute “Chelsea” had a chance to score the third goal when at the end of excellent combination Willian came face-to-face with the goalkeeper. The Brazilian has appeared to be in rival’s penalty area, but the arbitrator has not noticed obvious violation of the rules. By the end of the game the chance to shine had Oscar, however Marshall has coped with this. Then Pedro Rodriguez reacted on wing cross, and was not able to shot successfully.
Final score – 0:2. “Chelsea” has broken the series of failures, and “Hull City” can take deep breath: series of matches against top clubs are .left behind
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