Shearer: Teams have identified way to beat Chelsea

Former England captain Alan Shearer believes teams now know that the way to beat Chelsea is stop Jorginho.

Beaten by Arsenal and thrashed 4-0 at Bournemouth in their previous two away matches, the Blues were hammered 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday.

It increased the pressure on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who brought in Jorginho from their former club Napoli in the summer.

“Not only did they (City) play their own game, what was also impressive was the way that they stopped Chelsea,” pundit Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.

“We saw when Chelsea were beaten at Arsenal, beaten at Bournemouth conceding four goals, that if you stop Jorginho in the middle of the park then you’ve got a very good chance of stopping Chelsea.

“I thought City did that brilliantly. They set traps all over the park just to say ‘OK, if you want give it to him we’re there and we’re going to put him under pressure…you pass it to him if you want and, if you do, we’ve got the trap ready and we’ll capitalise’.

“They stopped him all game and Chelsea could not get started. If that’s not working then they need to find another way to play.

“They can’t always rely on him because, as we’ve witnessed in recent weeks, teams are going to stop him.

“And if you stop him that’s half of Chelsea’s game gone.”

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