Sheffield started the match with attacking through the left flank and that became the Achilles heel for Chelsea throughout the first half. Chelsea dominated the game in terms of possession while Sheffield dominated the game in terms of scoring chances and attacks.
Sheffield, known for combination play out wide, exploited the left-wing. Started the match with high pressing and then went deep down, while letting Chelsea have the possession.
Mount, Abraham, Pulisic had no luck at all trying to break the Sheffield defense headed by an impressive performance of the back three with Egan also backing up supporting runs.
The first goal came after a combination on the left flank which led to the initial save by Arrizabalaga converted into a goal by Mcgoldrick within the first 20 minutes, who scored his first Premier League goal, The goal came due to the lack of communication between Reece and Willian.
In the next 10 minutes, Chelsea dominated the possession while passing the ball flank to flank, over to Willian before being dispossessed near wing by Berge and Pulisic being disposed of in the box by Basham.
In the 32nd minute, Sheffield scored again, courtesy of a cross by Stevens after a successful link-up play on the left-wing which made Reece James and Willian look like rather lost, while the ball was headed into the net by Mcburnie while Zouma could do nothing. Chelsea was simply struggling in the areas of defense with Zouma looking clueless, Reece and Willian not communicating while Tammy Abraham was yet to find a footing in the game.
The second half started with the introduction of Rudiger and Alonso. Though Chelsea started the second a bit stronger than the first half, Sheffield’s defense was still impenetrable till Basham had to be substituted after being hit by Barkley’s freekick. Rudiger added to the attack from the back with his pinpoint crosses from behind the center but poised no serious threat. Ross Barkey seemed to control the midfield and compensate for Jorginho’s lack of luster, especially that second ball pass to Pulisic which eventually resulted in just a throw-in.
Chelsea’s attack picked some pace after the introduction of Oliver Giroud whose first touch consisted of a volley towards the goal on a cross by Rudiger. Both Abraham and Giroud headed the ball safely into the hands of the keeper in what seemed to be the start of set-piece moves.
However, in the 75th minute, Mcgoldrick made a run from the center and passed the ball to Mousset on the right flank, who shot the ball into the Box for a poor clearance by Rudiger which was shot into the net by Mcgoldrick for a third goal. Tammy missed another shot on goal via a corner kick which could have given Chelsea something to go home with.
McGoldrick again stole the ball and passed into Mousset who was one on one with the Kepa while chased by Zouma, only to chip it away in an attempt to make the score 4-0. Tammy had a one on one opportunity with the keeper only for his shot to be blocked by a sliding tackle from Phil Jagielka. Stevens also shot a far wide the post which could have again turned the scoreline to 4-0.
With this win, Sheffield climbs to the 6th spot, playing one extra game than Arsenal and Spurs who are scheduled to play tomorrow. Sheffield sits two points ahead of wolves at the sixth place but Wolves are yet to play their 35th league game which is scheduled against Everton and a win would take Wolves one point ahead of Sheffield United and in the sixth position.
Frank Lampard’s team was outdone by a team that bettered them defensively and had better counter-attacks. As a result, Leicester City and Manchester United can overtake Chelsea in the nail-biting fight for a European place.
Sheffield is next up against Leicester City while Chelsea face already relegated Norwich City.