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Lauding Di Matteo

This is an easy time to praise our manager, given how well we are doing.

But I would still like to do it, and give a few reasons why I believe he is a top manager, however well we do, come the end of the season.

(1) Controlling and instructing difficult players - Some footballers don't need much instruction - they are smart on the pitch. John Terry and Frank Lampard have kept up very high levels of performance no matter who they have played under. Others, David Luiz and Jose Bosingwa for example, look like completely different players depending upon who is managing them. Bosingwa looked quite solid under Hiddink, but useless under Ancelotti. Luiz was similarly ill-disciplined under Ancelotti, but now has tamed his wild side (mostly!), and looks like a much less risky defender. RDM even managed to get a great performance out of Bosingwa at CB against Barcelona! If anyone had told me that was possible a few seasons ago, I would have laughed at them! Mourinho is the same - he turns talented but tactically-unsure defenders (Marcelo, Maicon) into great players, and they revert to their old ways once he has gone, Maicon under Mourinho was regarded as the best RB in the world (keeping Alves out of the national side), but a year later he was being taken apart by Bale, and his performance level certainly dropped. Marcelo was regarded as a defensive liability before Mourinho, not so now.

(2) Identification of good players - How many of you screamed at the TV when you saw that Kalou had been picked again! Or Bosingwa over Ivanovic (Ancelotti guilty of this one!). Di Matteo kept them happy when he had to, but then promptly got rid of them as soon as he could. Meireles gone, Kalou gone, Bosingwa gone, Malouda gone (to the reserves). It was obvious to most of us Chelsea fans that they were not good enough, but not seemingly to previous manages (AVB, Ancelotti especially).

(3) Players gelling - Our front four this season consists of Torres, Oscar, Hazard, Mata; with Rami and Moses coming in sometimes. Oscar and Hazard are obviously new arrivals; and Torres played limited game time last year. To get these four players playing great football already, when they have barely played together before, is a fantastic achievement. It may not last, but he's has nevertheless shown that it is possible. Given our football style for the last 8 years, to be labeled 'Chelsealona' on Match of the Day, and to be called a better passing side than Arsenal, is a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time.

(4) Controlling squad rotation - SAF changes his side every game, but when Ancelotti swapped a player, it was always big news (and even bigger news when AVB did it). RDM has got the message through to the players than no one has a guaranteed name on the team sheet. It is no longer big news when Lampard is on the bench; or Cahill and Luiz play CB (no JT). This is an important thing to get the players to understand, and demonstrates that all players realize that (1) the manager has the power not the players and (2) the team comes first.

There are a few others things which he deserves to be praised for - Torres' recent performances, and capable handling of press conferences. Ancelotti and AVB alike both made some pretty foolish statements in press conferences, RDM stays controlled and measured; and doesn't let too much info out. Private club matters are private, and that's how it should be.

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The Journalist

Writer: saemus Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 9 2012

Time: 4:36PM

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ancelotti was loved by the media
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09/10/2012 17:13:00

you've been a little too harsh on Ancelotti here saemus. Despite Luiz making a name for himself as a rash defender under Carlo, I thought those first 5 months of his Chelsea career were his best. His awful performances started happening under AVB and decreased under RDM. Now David is as solid as anyone. I don't think RDM had control of transfers, so I can't really praise him for, for example, releasing Bosingwa and Kalou and bringing in Hazard and Azpilicueta. You can't praise RDM for that. He's done an excellent job of integrating players in and out of the team, but he wasn't responsible for the transfers. You cannot criticise Ancelotti for playing Malouda either. In Carlo's first season, Malouda was incredible. In his second season Malouda was not so good but still finished the season as our top scorer. At 33, and on the basis of his 11/12 performances, it was obvious Malouda's place in the team was more or less gone. 3) and 4) I agree but Im slightly confused as to why you're so critical of Carlo here.
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09/10/2012 17:29:00

I loved Carlo..i dont have a bad word to say about him. For RDM i would say his greatest strength so far is how media savy he is. He keeps his comments to the press crisp and scandal.
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09/10/2012 17:59:00

Nice read! Though i must have to agree with Hazzabee about you being too critical of Carlo, atleast give him some credit if not for anything ,but for his double winnin first season. Atm, RDM seem to be a model in coaching,but one can only hope it continues that way.
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09/10/2012 18:33:00

No need to bash one double winner to laud another...anyway I am just glad that things are going so well for RDM for obvious reasons, and coz he has just turned things around so poetically. Losing to Barca as a player for CFC (with Pep on the opposing Bench) to beating Barca as a coach for CFC, (with Pep in the opposing technical area) Leading West Brom to promotion only to face CFC as his first game with CFC winning and his subsequent dismissal by the baggies, to having the CFC losing to the baggies catalyzing his return to top flight management. It is all just serendipitous that we found him through one of the biggest mistakes (AVB) we ever is the story behind DiMatteo that captures me and I hope there are many more chapters to unfold.
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09/10/2012 19:57:00

Having been through ranieri, Jose, grant, hiddink, Carlo, avb it's taken a former player to bring us the two things we craved for the most CL and attractive football. The new Chelsea is evolving with every passing second that's down to the foresight of rdm, he's learnt now that lampard and terry and cole to an extent can't play every game, he's giving our young players a chance, he can manage his players workload, rotation keeping everyone happy. I believe that rdm should be our manager for a long while, it's his project now let him see it through. CL, FA cup possibly club World Cup and maybe PL and the best attacking players in the world. He has been wonderful in a year and a half, if only his subs were better and Marin and azpilicueta played more often. I'm not ashamed to apologise to rdm for criticising him, good things come to those who wait. Lets wait and watch with excitement.
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09/10/2012 20:15:00

We're playing the best football I've ever seen us play.
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09/10/2012 20:17:00

I dont remember Carlo saying crap to the media, he was a great coach, Malouda was his best player and he kept playing him cos he wanted him to get back to his best. He made us scary in his first season and destroyed the top four home and away conceeding only one offside goal @old trafford. Carlo was a gentle man, the media really liked him and respected him, other managers praised him and said good things about him, he is a great manager.
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09/10/2012 22:03:00

RDM is on the great path to greatness, if we stay injuring free and escape the bad moment I believe we can have a great season. The real team that RDM is building we mature fully next season.
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10/10/2012 00:54:00

i was always saying from the start that rdm would be a good manager, just let him get some security first in terms of points on table. and then he will show his hand.. and so is happening... and its great to have our former player as a manager.. feels great that CFC is being managed by one one its former player who loves CFC..
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10/10/2012 03:06:00

Given that you began your article as This is an easy time to praise our manager, given how well we are doing” you’ll be pardoned for what is otherwise a premature, sentiment-driven and substance-less article…
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10/10/2012 09:01:00

1. Controlling and instructing difficult players – Give me 1 “difficult” player RDM has had to control 2. Identification of good players – LoL which player besides Moses did RDM really have a hand in identifying?? As for the departures, all season long we expected those players to leave, so again you are speaking garbage 3. Players gelling – it took for a visit from Roman that we saw Ramires move to CM and Lamps get benched (FACT) and till then our pivot was struggling. As for the forwards midfield trio, any manager would do that after the way Oscar played vs Juventus and when they can see how slow and ineffective Lamps is…no genius there 4. Controlling squad rotation – LoL go and hang, where it not for Roman going to Cobham we could still be seeing Ramires playing RW and Lamps/Mikel in the pivot. *can you bring proper facts and points to substantiate your articles/points in the future?? This is sentimental garbage
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10/10/2012 09:01:00

need I remind you we are 3 points ahead of where we were last season, only this time we have vastly better this talk for end December, then I'll either agree or you'll be too embarrassed to even conjure up something similar
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10/10/2012 09:03:00

Let me hold it till december. That is where our slump usually come from and if he can negotiate that corner and come out uncuthed, I will talk.
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10/10/2012 09:47:00

I've kept the faith in RDM and I think he is showing he is more quality than some were giving him credit for.. let it continue. Tougher challenges yet await
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10/10/2012 10:35:00

Or u'll be too shame faced to argue @mq? Sincery I have never conversed with someone that is so impolite as u.
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10/10/2012 10:53:00

@mq mate I think you need to cut rdm a little slack. You have been one that has called for lamps to be benched and the pivot changed and if I recall you also wanted Ramires as cm (as again we were on the same page). He's done just that and got the results, and generally got them in good fashion too.. can you really blame him for starting with the same winning formula that he used last season?
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10/10/2012 10:54:00

I'm just saying it's premature to be saying this...we only 3 points ahead of where we were last season with better players now, the author is writing garbage and some1's gotta tell him
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10/10/2012 11:10:00

Wait till Dec then we'll praise or chase RDM
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10/10/2012 11:10:00

Same old MQ. SMH!
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10/10/2012 19:31:00

It is worth the wait though!
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11/10/2012 08:20:00


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