Proof of Chelsea’s Champions Mentality: Escaped 45 Minutes of ‘Hell’ Anfield


Liverpool – 10 Chelsea players were able to reduce the ferocity of Liverpool’s attack in the second half. Said Gary Neville, was evidence of a winning mentality of the Blues!
Liverpool vs Chelsea will be an exciting big match this weekend on Saturday (28/8) evening WIB in the continuation of the English League. The game is full of drama!

Chelsea had taken the lead through Kai Havertz’s header in the 22nd minute. In the final minutes of the first half of the drama, Reece James was shown a red card.

Chelsea’s right wing-back was seen blocking the ball with his hands when the chaos occurred in front of his goal. The referee pointed to the spot, which then Mohamed Salah was able to carry out his duties well.

Manager Thomas Tuchel immediately made a strategy change.

Kai Havertz was withdrawn, replaced by Thiago Silva. N’Golo Kante could not help but be replaced by Mateo Kovacic as the Frenchman is thought to have picked up an injury after colliding with Sadio Mane.

Playing with 10 men, Tuchel played a 5-3-1 formation. Azpilicueta was shifted to the right wing, Thiago Silva, Rudiger and Christensen were at center back, and Marcos Alonso on the left wing.

Jorginho, Kovacic and Mount in midfield while Lukaku is alone up front.

In the process, Chelsea were able to reduce Liverpool’s attacks well throughout the 45 minutes of the second half. Jordan Henderson et al, difficulty dismantling the defense of the Blues.

Two golden opportunities from Van Dijk and Fabinho through kicks from outside the penalty box, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was able to anticipate. Several times the cross in front of the goal, can also be countered by Rudiger, Alonso, and Thiago Silva.

Chelsea defended well without making mistakes. In addition, Chelsea can also get out of Liverpool’s pressure on the counter-attack.

Lukaku and Kovacic got two golden opportunities. Lukaku’s acrobatic shot was unfortunately blocked by Matip and Kovacic’s shot from a tight angle inside the penalty area could still be blocked by Alisson.

The 1-1 score lasted until the end. The Blues secured a point, while the Reds squad looked annoyed that they were not able to maximize their advantage in the number of players.

(Next page, compliments from Gary Neville)

Football pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville praised Chelsea for playing well in the second half. For him, Mason Mount et al can concentrate fully and serve Liverpool’s attacks barrage.

“It was a brilliant game from Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports.


Gary Neville added that Chelsea were able to prove their winning mentality by escaping from ‘hell’ 45 minutes into the second half at Anfield. According to Neville, it was a warning to other teams that Chelsea didn’t want to lose points just like that!



“Liverpool attacked all-out in their way. Unfortunately, they could not punish Chelsea in the second half,” concluded Neville.

The result left Chelsea temporarily in second place in the Premier League standings with seven points, Liverpool in third place with the same points, only differing from the alphabetical prefix for their ranking.