The Premier League’s latest revelation of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo serves Thomas Tuchel a fresh tactical challenge to combat as Brentford welcome Chelsea to the Community Stadium.
But, as Virgil van Dijk knows, it is no easy task as the duo ran riot against Jurgen Klopp’s side in a dramatic end-to-end six-goal affair.
Toney and Mbeumo have six direct goal contributions between them after just seven Premier League games, which is no mean feat for a newly-promoted side.
The pair have seemingly written the blueprints for Chelsea on how to engineer a successful strike partnership as Tuchel continues his struggle of welding Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner into the same side.
However, Tuchel must pause his focus on trying to emulate Toney and Mbeumo’s chemistry at Chelsea and instead focus on how his side will defend against the Brentford duo.
So, Anita Abayomi and Daniel Childs from the Carefree Chelsea team spoke to our Brentford reporter Uzzi Majid to explore the threat that Bryan Mbuemo and Ivan Toney pose and how Tuchel must solve this, speaking live on the football.londonChelsea Facebook page.
Uzzi kickstarted the discussion by outlining Toney’s impressive track record and how his physical dominance should worry the Blues, before noting Mbeumo’s tricky movement.
“Like we saw against Arsenal, Toney bullied Ben White and then against Liverpool – it’s rare we say this – he made Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip look very average by winning duels and he did everything but score. He was incredible,” he said.
“Chelsea have a lot of height in their backline and will be keeping their eye on Toney. Brentford have Mbuemo, who isn’t the tallest, but he has great off the ball movement. He has good hold up play too, which is another key area Chelsea may have to keep an eye on.”
Childs added by detailing the conundrum Tuchel currently has on his plate ahead of the clash as the German must plot a master plan to combat Brentford’s aerial presence.
“I think it’s difficult for Tuchel because he doesn’t have Thiago Silva, who has been brilliant so far this season,” he began, before noting his main concern that stems from the Brazilian’s absence.
“To the end of last season when Chelsea faced teams with a lot of aerial threat, Tuchel decided to have Silva, Christensen and Rudiger in the back three – that really worked well against Real Madrid and West Ham, who are both teams that like to get balls into the box as well as goals from set-pieces.”
Childs then concluded by naming the three defenders Tuchel should pick that to go to war with Toney and Mbuemo.
“I look at how Christensen has developed his more aggressive side and I think he’ll be in the middle of a back-three. Rudiger obviously has the left side nailed down.
“So, I look at that right side of the three and I think this may be a game to take [Cesar] Azpilicueta out and keep [Trevoh] Chalobah in that position because of the height he can bring.
“I think it’s an interesting discussion because when ‘Azpi isn’t in the back-three he’s pushed out to right wing-back because he wants his captain in the side week in, week out.
“The difficulty will be managing Toney, who drops a little bit deeper to win the physical battle, and then his partner Mbuemo running in behind.”
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Source by Football London