Jose Mourinho is making the 4-2-3-1 formation the best way to go at Chelsea, much like he did at Real Madrid.
After defeating Manchester City 2-1 at home two days ago, he took his side to the Emirates to take part in a London derby for a Round of 16 encounter with Arsenal. The home side fielded a rather weak starting 11 while his team were strong even without some of their big names.
Chelsea managed to control the ball with a strong defense and an experienced keeper backing up everyone as they moved the ball forward. Number 10 Juan Mata made yet another statement to his coach by scoring an absolute beauty to double the score at 2-0 inside the final 25 minutes. He was truly the best offensively-minded player for the blue side of London tonight.
Arsenal brought on Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud to give their club a more experienced boost, but it ended up being a bit too little too late as the damage was already done. Giroud did get a decent shot off from point-blank range, but keeper Mark Schwarzer ended up making a remarkable save to keep the Gunners at bay.
Ironically, these clubs are first and second starting with the home team in the Premier League standings. The next time they meet will be a bit before Christmas and by then, we will have a better idea at which side’s talent could hold their own for the longer period of time towards the top or at the top of the standings.