There are commitments predestined to end in a draw, none as obvious as the one between Chelsea and United. The 0-0 explains a script in which the effort triumphed against the scarce inventiveness of two teams that did not deserve more. A bittersweet dessert point, especially for the painting of a Solskjaer that week after week he loses the hope of discussing with his neighbor a Premier in which everyone has collaborated in paving the way for him.
Afternoon of much struggle in London in a clash in which force was imposed on talent. The slate to insight. A hypnotic first time, with hardly any presence of Mendy and of From Gea. At times Chelsea and United stumbled through, without having a clear horizon. They annulled each other with nothing to put in their mouths: not one goal, not one play that would get two teams that sinned too canonical at Stamford Bridge out of the mess.
In the count, United counted a distant shot of Rashford. Little more. Barely entered the scene Bruno fernandes and the team ran out of trigger. Things of the system with which it works Tuchel in a Chelsea that has won in order. Kanté brings balance to the team. Without Jorginho, loses intelligence. And that forced him to find Giroud, an anarchic footballer who manages alone. The Frenchman, however, could not make a difference as he did in the Champions League.
A penalty for a hand of Hudson-Odoi the narrative of the match could have changed although the referee did not punish the recklessness. Everything improved instead in the second half. It was played without the rigor of the start, much more released both at Stamford Bridge. Scenario that called for the participation of the two goalkeepers. From Gea put out a saving hand against the foot Ziyech, of those to which the Madrilenian is accustomed, and Mendy neutralized a good hit of McTominay.
It was by no means an inanimate afternoon, rather enthusiastic although without success. United confirmed that without the best version of Bruno fernandes and of Rashford loses arguments to prevail in the home of a Chelsea that with Tuchel does not know defeat. The face of the capital’s team has changed despite the fact that the tie does not serve to enter the Champions zone. At Solskjaer it leaves you even further from the City, the great beneficiary of the Battle of London.
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen; Hudson-Odoi (James, 45 ‘), Kanté, Kovacic, Chilwell; Ziyech (Werner, 77 ‘), Mount, Giroud (Pulisic, 45’)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Manchester United, 0
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood (Martial, 78 ‘), Bruno Fernandes, James; Rashford
Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Goals: There were no
Referee: Stuart Attwell. He admonished Fred (49 ‘), Chilwell (61’), Maguire (79 ‘)