The most expensive left back in history (65.3 million), Marc Cucurellahas been claimed and in what way, with a great game of central in the comeback of the Chelsea before him Borussia Dortmund (2-0)in the round of 16 of the Champions Leaguewhich has served to be named as MVP of the meeting After a difficult period, where the slab of the cost of his signing, added to a drop in performance and the bad results of the ‘blues’ have caused him a lot of unjustified criticism, the man from Alella has struck a blow on the table in which It has surely been the most important game to date for the London team, which is tenth in Premier and removed from the cups.
Graham Potter started out with a 3-4-3 in which he placed the Spanish left center, forming a line of three with Koulibaly and Fofana. Despite being an unprecedented line of three, the experiment could not have gone better, since the team showed its most solid version of the entire season, with great intensity from the eleven players and without allowing the Dortmund create just chances. As stated by himself cucurella At the end of the game, it is a victory on which to grow and which means a lot to the squad: “It is not being easy for anyone. We always want to win, but sometimes things cost a bit. We are in a process of growthto get back to where we want to be, and it is on nights like this that we can see that we are on the right track”.
The non-registration of the winter signing Benoit Badiashile and the injury of Thiago Silvathey allowed the ex of Brighton enter the starting eleven after four games without starting, and three consecutive games without playing (against southampton, Tottenham and leeds united). The Catalan had not played since the first leg against the Germans, where he played 19 minutes in the defeat in the Signal Iduna Park. After this knock on the table, it is expected that Potter have taken note and bet on him again in the next matches, since the coach himself has stated that he is very satisfied with his performance: “When you go through a bad moment like ours, you accept criticism. Marc (Cucurella) has handled it well. We have tried to protect him a little and choose the moment. Not being able to count on Benoit (Badiashile), he has given us the option on the left and the balance in a three back and, luckily, he has made a great performance”.
Playing in a position in which he already excelled in his time at the AMEX Stadiumcould not sit better for the Catalan, who registered eight recoveries, four successful interceptions, won 2 of 3 aerial duels and a percentage of 81% of successful passes, in addition to offering a great sense of security behind and generating danger with chilwell on the left wing. In the near future of the ‘blues’, until I return Thiago Silvathe position of left center seems to have the name of the ex of the farmhousewith permission from badiashille.
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