West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has revealed the tactical decision that helped his side claim a shock win over Chelsea over the weekend.
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that targeting “rash” Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, was the key to beating the Blues.
Thomas Tuchel saw his unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge come to a brutal end. No one could have imagined a 5-2 loss at the hands of a relegation-threatened West Brom side.
After losing defender Thiago Silva to a red card in the first half, the floodgates opened for the Baggies.
Allardyce now claims he was actually targeting shot-stopper Mendy with his tactics.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the mastermind of the victory said: “Letting them play out from the back for the goalkeeper would be a mistake.
“That may have been a tactic we used later in the game but if it works try and keep doing it for as long as possible. That’s why we played two split up front with Mateus Pereira and Mbaye Diagne.”
“The press worked very, very well and there is something with their goalkeeper, who can be rash, he can rush out.”
Allardyce added: “If you saw the first goal we scored, he came dashing to the edge of his box and didn’t get anywhere near.
“We felt every time we went back to the goal and we put him under pressure that gave us good opportunities.
“Obviously you could say the sending off helped, playing against ten men, but you’ve got to beat what’s still a very good side.”