Emerson Palmieri said he had a “good connection” with Callum Hudson-Odoi as the two linked up on the left side of the pitch during Sunday’s 4-0 win over Morecambe.
The pair has not really had many opportunities to play together this season, but, particularly during the first 20 minutes, they looked really dangerous.
While he didn’t score, Emerson had a few good shot attempts.
On the other hand, Hudson-Odoi who surprisingly stayed wider, bagged a goal and an assist from the left wing role.
Hudson-Odoi moved to the other side of the pitch when Christian Pulisic came on for Hakim Ziyech in the second half, but Emerson seems to enjoy playing behind the England international.
“Callum, Hakim, or Christian, they like to stay between the lines,” Emerson told Chelsea TV (via official 5th stand app) after the game.
“So for me, I have the space to overlap.
“Or like today, Callum [stayed higher] while I stayed more on the inside.
“This is a good connection, you know.
“It depends on the opponents, and we try to move the defenders.”
It is always positive to see these wide players have good understandings of each other on the pitch.
Chelsea are spoilt for choice for the wide areas with so many talented crossers in the team, which might explain why they often focus on attacking from the flanks.
According to Opta (via Premier League’s official website), Chelsea have completed the fourth-most crosses (362) in the league so far this season, only behind Liverpool, Leeds United, and West Ham.
James has been Chelsea’s most prolific crosser so far with 86 crosses in the Premier League, followed by Ben Chilwell (76) and Mason Mount (74).