Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Chelsea’s new role for Davide Zappacosta against Atletico Madrid explained

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Chelsea have had something of an issue this season over who should be cover for Marcos Alonso at left wing-back as the Blues failed to really bring anyone in over the summer for that role.


The Spaniard has been the most played outfield player for the Blues this season, but tonight against Atletico Madrid he finally got some rest from action and it was up to Davide Zappacosta to fill his shoes in the Champions League.

Antonio Conte could have gone for a natural left footer in Kenedy to take over the role, but having played just two Carabao Cup games the Brazilian was still left in the wilderness, a loan or sale most likely on the cards in January.

So the Italian defender was the one to play in that position, and having only played on the right there before for Chelsea since his transfer deadline day move in the summer, Conte was showing a lot of trust in him.

For a right footer, the role can be a pretty tough one as the natural thing to do is go on the outside, but Zappacosta would often cut in when he had the ball at his feet.

This almost came off in just the second minute when he cut in and then fired over the bar with a rasping effort from outside the box.

Zappacosta had obviously been working hard with Alonso in training as he took up very similar positions to the man who has the role full-time. He would be high and wide on the pitch, but defensively cover in a back five.

With a bit of a lack of pace behind him in Gary Cahill, Zappacosta had to keep a close eye on Thomas Party on the right flank, which he did pretty well in the first half. Conte will no doubt try to bolster that position in January, but it seems that Zappacosta is the number two if the Blues aren’t able to land Alex Sandro.

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