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5 lessons from Prem weekend: Ancelotti springs Liverpool surprise; Tuchel stumped; Arsenal bet flops

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Thomas Tuchel saw his Chelsea stumble at Southampton, while Everton outplayed Liverpool to win at Anfield for the first time this century.

The highly-structured Tuchel system looked like seven defenders plus three attackers.



Despite the UK commentary team persistently claiming Southampton used three at the back, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side were actually in their usual 4-4-2 when off the ball, with the entire front six in an ultra, ultra narrow circle that ring-fenced Chelsea's midfield pair of Matteo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante.



Everything was in front of the hosts, creating a sluggish training match played almost entirely in the Arsenal half.



Here are five tactical things we saw from the weekend games: Thomas Tuchel's first few games as Chelsea manager have been defined by the performances of his central midfielders and inside forwards within the 3-4-2-1; since there are few runners in behind and limited numbers on the flanks, if the opposition can stop Chelsea from dictating through the middle they become a little flat.

Like a murmuration of starlings, Saints swarmed inwards and then quickly swarmed out once the ball moved to the flanks.

Arsenal are incapable of moving the ball quickly through the lines whenever these two player together, which helps explain why the life drained out of this match.
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