Interesting you say the midfield was OK Swab as I've seen a bit of talk of lack of creativity when it was Hendo, Milner and Gini.
Yes, and I think that's rubbish.
Our creativity comes from the fullbacks, and the wide forwards tucking in, with Firmino dropping deeper into midfield.
The 2 higher midfielders drop in behind the fullbacks as the push up, to cover or provide support for an attack from wide positions, the supposed DM is there to recycle the ball and keep it wide.
Creating space and providing movement are the territory of the front 3.
Last night they did neither, but the midfield did their jobs reasonably well.
It has to be said that their defense was very aggressive in closing down players and space, and they always had at least 1 midfielder dropping deep to help what was essentially a back 5, when one of our forwards got the ball they immediately had 2 or 3 defenders around them, with no channel to play a pass because they were blocked off.
Our attack then became quite static because they couldn't find the space, or create any.
Chelsea did something similar by playing Kante in a wider role.
It stifles the attacking fullbacks, but also forces the midfielders wider to stop a counter.
TL;DR Ancelotti is no mug.
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