Ian Wright says Chelsea defensively solid because of two quick players

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright were full of praise for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea system that allowed the two wing-backs to thrive in the opposition half.

Unlike in recent weeks, neither Reece James nor Ben Chilwell managed to get on the scoresheet in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

However, they still caused a lot of problems for the Leicester defence throughout the game.

Chilwell made three key passes in the game, while James made two, including the assist for N’Golo Kante.

Shearer highlighted that the solid defence behind the wing-back pair is the key to their incredible form.

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“They’re doing it because they have three very, very good centre-halves they can rely on,” Shearer told BBC MOTD.

“Also two midfielders in Jorginho and Kante [so that] they can say, ‘OK, we can get forward because we know the protection behind us.’

“They [the two wing-backs] got forward so often today.

“Some of the time, both of them; Chilwell and James, were playing in midfield.”

Wright responded: “The thing is [they also had] the pace of those two; Chalobah, who was brilliant, and Rudiger, who had an unbelievable game today.”

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Rudiger and Chalobah’s athleticism a key to Chelsea’s system

Wright made a very good point there.

Rudiger, who previously described himself as the fastest player in the squad, has always been dependable in dealing with opposition counter-attacks.

Chalobah’s speed is also likely one of the reasons Cesar Azpilicueta seems to have lost his spot in the team and has not featured in the last four league games.

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Tuchel had to switch James and Azpilcueta’s positions when facing teams with quick attackers in the last few games of last season, which arguably hindered the former’s performance.

But now the German has Chalobah who, despite his lack of experience at the top level, is much taller and seems to be faster than the team captain.

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