More posts from Soccermetrica, my tactics blog
"Schurrle’s wide positioning forced Fulham right back Sascha Reither into a decision- if he drifted wide towards Schurrle he became disconnected from his center back Brede Hangeland and left space in behind him for Samuel Eto’o to drift into. If he stayed tight with Hangeland it meant leaving Schurrle with space in the channel. On Chelsea’s opening goal, Reither opted for the second option, staying tight with Hangeland to help out on Eto’o. As a result, Hazard was able to play a simple pass to an unmarked Schurrle on the left channel (shown below). For the first time in the game Schurrle gets to the end line rather than cutting inside and strikes a ball towards the front post. Fulham keeper David Stockdale should have dealt with it before Oscar was able to tuck it home. Still, Chelsea’s use of width had left Fulham more stretched defensively than they’d been at any point in the first half."