Cesar Azpilicueta has jumped to Thomas Tuchel’s defence following suggestions that claim Chelsea have been way too defensive under the new manager.
The Blues headed into the international break with a 14-game unbeaten run under Tuchel.
Impressively, they also kept 12 clean-sheets and only conceded two goals in that period.
This, however, came at a price.
One of the key factor to the defensive improvement is the introduction of the 3-4-3 system, which adds an extra defender at the expense of a midfielder.
The Blues scored just 17 goals in the last 14 games in all competitions — an underwhelming record given the plethora of attacking talents in their squad.
Unsurprisingly, critics suggest Tuchel’s defensive approach hinders Chelsea’s true attacking potentials.
Azpilicueta clearly does not buy that, as he explained how their defensive approach is “different”.
“Well, being defensive? There are lots of opinions on that,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“Some might think that being defensive is just to have the team as deep as you can and put a lot of bodies in the way.
“But our way of defending has been completely different.
“We’ve been trying to be in the other half of the pitch, to push them deep and recover the ball as quick as we can, to not allow counter-attacks.
“The further the opponents are from our box, the less dangerous they are – that’s obvious.”
The Chelsea captain also said that the impressive defensive record is down to “the hard work of the whole team”, particularly the attackers.
He highlighted how these attacking players have always been helpful with how they react after losing ball possession.
“We are all thinking the same way, and we cannot drop that,” he added.