Manchester United, Chelsea play to a defensive stalemate

Monday August 26th, 2013
Deployed as a center-forward, Andre Schurrle (left) struggled against Manchester United's defense.
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Chelsea did switch to an orthodox center-forward after an hour, Torres replacing De Bruyne as Schurrle going to the left, but it made little difference to the flow of the game. This was two disciplined, conservative teams, neither with any motivation to risk defeat by stretching for a win, whose diligence in midfield resulted in mutual negation.

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