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The L Word - Let's Be Clear

Normally; it is only when things go spectacularly wrong that changes are made. Necessary ones.

There is nothing normal about our club. Only when things went spectacularly right were changes made that move in the right direction; a move towards an elegant style of football with proponents of the old bulldozing system moving on.

There was nothing normal about our Champions League win it was backs to the wall in games against superior opposition. We tried the same in Turin; but in those games we had a focal point up front in the peerless Didier Drogba (who may rescue us again!) and none of their attempts had deflections that wrong footed the keeper.

Cech was top notch in Turin but it just was not meant to be for him. I was at work; obviously in a sullen mood after the events of last night. Then a co-worker came up to me and asked me,

'Now who?'.

He had done the same thing to me when AVB went in March; but despite backing AVB then I was expecting that to happen. This was inconceivable,

'Now who what?'

'Oh you dont know? Di Matteo sacked. Hahahaha'

An article on another Chelsea website details the tactical changes that led to this and I agreed with his analysis. Playing the 'Mazacar' trio has cost us it says. Indirectly. The article doesn`t need to mention the phantom up front or Luiz at the back. We all know. Barca in Blue? Barca never played the 4-2-3-1. What we were playing was similar to Madrid with 4 attacking players; wing backs with the left more prone to get forward; a pivot. Madrid's system is a success. And it is not because of the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The key to that success is the pivot. Xavi Alonso (sometimes Luka Modric) and one of Khedira or Essien (yes him) and formerly Lassana Diarra and even Fabio Coentrao. We play Mikel and Ramires. Madrid play Di Maria; Ozil and Ronaldo ahead of this pivot. NONE of them likes to defend. Still they concede less goals than us. You blame the defense? But where do you see Madrid concede from cut-backs across the face of goal?

I think I mentioned this in the comments section - we cannot handle pace in midfield; especially if the pace includes accomplished footballing ability. Vidal and Fernandinho were brilliant against us in each leg of their games. With such a thin squad in midfield; I wonder what the new manager will do?

We clearly need some presence in midfield and a signing like Fellaini is starting to make sense to me now. Someone who can be of use all over the pitch and not just in the defensive third, OR, we can just try to outscore the opposition.

With the options we have that isn`t going to happen.

Lastly let us look at Rafa Benitez. I will start by saying he is not my preferred choice. Far from it. I think only a Mourinho or a Hiddink can fix our situation. Guardiola needs to have experience in a second club before he can be called a top manager. Yes he proved to be a fantastic motivator; but he will fail at our club. For his good I hope he stays away.

Benitez has his pros. The cons have been debated - fall outs / cliques / doesn`t scout well / history. What does Benitez have in his favor? He was a brilliant cup manager. That you cannot deny. That means he is tactically astute. We need someone to use what we have. That Benitez can do. And no - I don`t think he can get Fernando Torres firing again. It has been an eventful 24 hours hasn`t it.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mia Maynard Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 22 2012

Time: 1:02PM

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Now he may have to deal with the likes of Torres, Cole, Mikel, Lamps, Terry, Luiz if Rafa is to find success cos it appears they are untouchables. any attempt not to play them is a rebellious act punishable by sack. All the same a no nonsense coach, good tactician, team defending know-how, bold, astute qualties should do us good.
jim shimfe
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22/11/2012 14:10:00

I have been saying this for months....so has GabeU...the pivot combination of Mikel/Lampard or Mikel/Ramires or Mike/Romeu lacks pace and speed of play. Early on in the preseason we all watched Mikel/Lampard whereas Lampard was always exposed and out of position. Then, early on we all thought that Mikel/Ramires was better but the combination of two very poor passers along with their speed of play was severely over exposed in the Juve game were they pressed and Chelsea couldn't even possess the ball or move it forward at all. The Mikel/Romeu combination is pathetic at best and worse that both of the other combinations. Romeu should be sold. Thus, what I have been saying for months, is that Chelsea needs a Josh McEachran type player that can pass and create and that also defend. At this point I would recall Josh and give him a chance...Really...Chelsea has no other option other than to put Oscar in the pivot and then move Moses or Marin up front to replace him. But I really don't like that option as Oscar is too valuable as an attacking player to put him in the pivot just to be a collector and distributor of the ball. Furthermore, while I like Moses I don't want him as a starter as I believe he is not a good finisher. I would rather keep the Hazzard/Oscar/Mata combination and rotate all three in and out of the #10 position. Regardless, Chelsea needs a passer/playmaker in the pivot that can swiftly increase the distribution of the ball and quarterback the midfield. This is a very critical issue that needs to be addressed and I will be shocked if we see a Mikel/Ramires combination again. The problem is Chelsea lacks anyone, currently on the team, that can play the passer/playmaker role in the pivot potentially as well as Josh McEachran....We will soon see how Tubby will handle it....
lamarochs
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22/11/2012 15:18:00

our problem is our FULLBACKS they both push too far forward. look at RM marcelo pushes forward but arbeloa stays a bit bak to make sure the cbs arent left vulnerable
Humza_96
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22/11/2012 16:50:00

The problem will be solved
Kendemsblue
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23/11/2012 06:56:00

Always the players respod to a new manager in the fist games and it will prove the turning point of our normal December slump.
Kendemsblue
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24/11/2012 07:09:00

 

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