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It`s Back to Basics?

It`s Back to Basics?

Or, in other words, what we know gets results.

After a failure, for the fourth Premier League game in succession, to get a much-needed win, Roberto Di Matteo`s after match thoughts, from the Hawthorns, seemed to indicate that he may be contemplating abandoning the attacking philosophy that has proven to be so entertaining this season with the boss remarking,

"We might have to go back to how we used to win games, and make sure first and foremost that we don`t concede."

"Maybe it is a time when I have to change things in terms of selection and the way we play. Maybe we sacrifice the attacking options to go a bit more defensive."

"These are massive games now but we have players who have been through this before."


Here, in the editorial chair, all I`ll say is that if that defence isn`t tightened up then Juventus (a) and Manchester City (h) are going to be, to put it mildly, uncomfortable.

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Writer:Merlin
Date:Sunday November 18 2012
Time: 11:38AM

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The Persian
18/11/2012 11:54:00
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Time for some tactical change i'm afraid, Mata and Luiz doesnt press enough nor track back, and Mikel and Rami have been impressive (somethinh RdM can't overemphasize) but cant do all the defensive duties. I dont think going all defensive is the way forward either it all depends on finding the right balance. I think we should go 4-3-2-1. Mikel,Oscar,Rami; mata, hazard. Torres and sturridge are focking waste of space.
Dannism
18/11/2012 12:09:00
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This doesn't sound good really. Is not as if we are that clueless. Our defensive mistakes are mostly down to one mistake and lately, the nmajority have been from DAVID LUIZ. He doesn't need to change anything. If we make CAHILL,JT and IVA our main CBs we will stop shipping in these stupid goals. Again, if we had strikers that converts chances, we would definitely have at least 6more points. If he reverts back to dropping Oscar and Hazard on the bench for Rami and Bertrand on the wings then he will be gone before Christmas. Drop David Luiz, Buy a striker..Problem solved! Also, they better sort out Cole's contract or look for a new LB. Bertrand is crap. And before anyone tells me about giving him time, he is already 23!!
zilosxp
18/11/2012 12:14:00
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If he does that,it will be a sign that his days are numbered at chelsea....Our defence was poor,I agree but our centre forwards were worst...we never took the lead at any point in time at west brom,then why should he blame the defence when the strikers couldn't deliver...let him ask himself when was the last time his centre forwards scored an epl goal?don't forget that if we are defensive the likes of hazard and mata might struggle with such tactics....the solution is in january,sign falcao and either of el shaarawy or jovetic(instead of suarez,with reports linking us with the uruguayan dis morning)....include torres in any swap deal to bring two strikers to stamford bridge because as it stands we play with 10 players,we don't have a centre forward and that's why we are loosing games or better still sign falcao and recall lukaku
Hazard11
18/11/2012 12:14:00
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If he does that,it will be a sign that his days are numbered at chelsea....Our defence was poor,I agree but our centre forwards were worst...we never took the lead at any point in time at west brom,then why should he blame the defence when the strikers couldn't deliver...let him ask himself when was the last time his centre forwards scored an epl goal?don't forget that if we are defensive the likes of hazard and mata might struggle with such tactics....the solution is in january,sign falcao and either of el shaarawy or jovetic(instead of suarez,with reports linking us with the uruguayan dis morning)....include torres in any swap deal to bring two strikers to stamford bridge because as it stands we play with 10 players,we don't have a centre forward and that's why we are loosing games or better still sign falcao and recall lukaku
Hazard11
18/11/2012 12:14:00
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Glad to see that he's realised that we are woeful without the ball. AVB sticked with his high line tactic even though we were conceding a *****load and we know where it led him. RDM is a top bloke and the fact that he is willing to change things 11 games into the season shows that he is well aware that we aren't good enough. But as Dannism said, a change of formation should be enough I think. If going back to make sure we don't concede means playing Rambo and Bertrand on the wings again... That's not the solution.
FrLamp
18/11/2012 12:18:00
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For me there is a huge importance of Lampard returning, we are missing his ability to pop up with a goal every now and then.
CalculatedKalou
18/11/2012 13:13:00
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@FrLamp, I'm not afraid RdM will play Ramires on the wing, because than he won't have any players left to put a decent job in midfield. As for Bertrand on the wings, I doubt one of the mazacar players will be left on the bench. I would prefer, we would start playing in a 4-3-3 formation with Oscar and Rambo in midfield, Hazard and Mata on the wings and Studge in cf. Defense: Cole, Iva, Cahill, Azpi.
icebluelg
18/11/2012 13:14:00
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Kakuta 2 assists and Bony is on fire 13 games 14 Goals. and TOMAS KALAS is the direct replacement for Iva. he is having very good season and now playing as a right back.
Drogged-Mo
18/11/2012 13:21:00
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Does anyone know how is Bruma doing at HSV?
icebluelg
18/11/2012 13:24:00
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Thank god...forget trying to play pretty and doing too much with the ball, we need to go back to becoming efficient in all departments, defensively and in front of goal. Mikel and Ramieres need to be restricted because they are exposing the back four way to often. Also hazard must improve, he certainly has the ability to be a lot better player then what he is at the moment. He cannot give up after the first challenge. also Luiz out and Ivanovic in
Ess...DaBison
18/11/2012 13:33:00
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if he goes back to the same tactics which we played last season with the players we have now....then he wil be digging his own grave...how can you play defending football with mata oscar hazard.....if he trys to play ryan and ramires on wing then who will create opputunity and score goal for us...he should just play sturridge in place of torres and drop luiz for iva...
shlok27
18/11/2012 13:41:00
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RDM has my support for trying to revert back to what used to work. We cant afford to be too far behind from the top two, as our opponent now see us as predictable. Lets bin the possession footie for now, and become more efficient, till we're able to get a clinical striker.
objectivekritic
18/11/2012 13:46:00
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We all know that Hazard was brilliant from the middle and oscar was amazing for brazil on the left so put hazard back where he created a lot for Torres and Mata on the right cuttin in and switching play with harzard. Terry is a lot slower than he used to be so dont have high hopes. My suggestion is RB at left back needs to stay there not to run fwd like AC. WBA 2nd goal was as a result of a LB not on his normal position. Marin has to start playing and before then reserved judgement, Our problems are global
shaka09
18/11/2012 13:58:00
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Lunacy is doing the same things repeatedly and expecting different results. RDM has shown courage by admitting that what we are doing is not working and needs to be changed. Many here are so deeply in love with the MAZACAR trio that they fail to acknowledge that that excess of creative talent brings significant defensive deficits with it..we need to play 3 of that combo not all three and the odd one out for some time has to be hazard..mata's creative and scoring ability is the best of the three and Oscar has the most complete game as a defender, tackler, passer and scorer. I agree that much as i love him David Luiz is a liability at CB and we need to get him out of the center of our defense and discover where we can play him to maximize his ability while minimizing his damage potential. I would want to see him join Ramires and Mikel as our mid three in a 4-3-3 and make our final three; Mata, Oscar and Danny with sub options including hazard and Moses. One other issue not being mentioned which i have said several times..Cech needs an serious back up that can offer him both competition and the chance for a few games to rest..go back and look at the goals he has been conceding recently..compare his performance in the game yesterday to that of Boaz Mayhill for West Brom (who BTW is their no 2 goal keeper)..a goal keeper at the top of his game should have stopped one or even both those goals while he was not at fault for the openings that created them. Finally i agree Lamps the forgotten one cannot come back early enough ..he may actually the best instinctual goal scorer we have left in the squad.
GabeU
18/11/2012 14:34:00
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just ply iva as a cb hes our best cb. nd FFS just move luiz 2 midfield he cd b an alternative 2 fellaini. hes also gt better vision/dribbling/finishing thn mikel nd romeu. 2 sum up luiz in 1 word : liability
Humza_96
18/11/2012 14:40:00
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GabeU, you say ‘David Luiz is a liability at CB and we need to get him out of the centre of our defence and discover where we can play him to maximize his ability while minimizing his damage potential.’ And go on to say ‘I would want to see him join Ramires and Mikel…’ Personally, I would want to see him to join Man City: to my mind that would be the biggest boost our title hopes could receive! If he really wants to help Chelsea achieve success, then he should do so by joining City (or United)…
BlueGenes
18/11/2012 14:42:00
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shaka09...I dont know where you are getting your well off views from. Did you actually watch the game yesterday? Everyone saw how we were awful the first half hour when Hazard was playing through the middle and not only until he switched to the left and Sturridge played through the middle did we start making chances. As for Oscar playing on the left for brazil, please enlighten me on where you got that from because Oscar plays in the hole for brazil with Neymar on the left and Hulk on the right and Damiao through the middle...your comment is laughable and amature. Also what does Terry being slow have to do with anything? A lot of the worlds great defenders in the past didn't have particularly good pace, Maldini, Nesta, Baresi to name a few examples. Even some current day defenders such as Pique and Chiellini don't have massive amounts of pace. Its about being clever and utilising what you do have. At least terry has more pace than the 3 legends mentioned. He still is and will always be a better CB than Luiz and is currently our best CB by far.
Ess...DaBison
18/11/2012 14:50:00
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I hate all the talk when people start calling for luiz to play in midfield. The fool looses the ball enough times as a defender, how can you trust him in midfield. In his bio it says that the only reason he made it as a pro was because he switched from midfield to defence, he was an awful midfielder. If it were me i'd try to sell him soon. in the mean time maybe we can get away wth playing him at full back!
Ess...DaBison
18/11/2012 14:56:00
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@Ess dabisson You re entitled to you opinion and im not sure if you re wise to call peoples comments laughable and amature. There is evidence for what i said but you are not worthy for insulting my opinion.
shaka09
18/11/2012 15:06:00
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