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Only Solution?

No , this is not an article that'll be saying 'RAFA OUT AND WE'LL BE FINE' , you'd be delusional to think that.

A lot of members have pointed out a lack of squad depth. Considering we have an ENTIRE SQUAD out on loan it is quite visible.

Okay, so currently we have Ba and Torres as the strikers and Mata , Hazard (suspended) , Oscar and Marin as the AM's. We have Lampard and Ramires as CM's, both are box-to-box and neither are as defensive minded as Mikel. You see Lampard barging up the field giving Ramires loads of work to do and we become prone to counter attacks.

Neither Lampard or Ramires are consistent as sometimes they have fantastic games and next thing you know they're giving balls away 24/7. Both look worn out and I wouldn't be surprised if one or the other got injured we'd be screwed.

My only solution to our DM crisis is giving young Ake a start in games against the likes of Brentford. The guy is a massive prospect, even though he is 18, I think he'll do well while filling in for Lampard or Ramires. He's our only option in the terms of DM's for squad rotation and he can also play CB, so he is more focused on the defensive side of the game (like Mikel). I don't know about how he transits from defence to attack but we've got to give him a go.

Now to the AM's , as you can see in our conventional 4-2-3-1 we play 3 AM's behind a lone striker (Torres/BA). Considering we only have 3 available attacking AM's and Benitez is playing Bertrand on the wings, we're in a crisis. I suggest we switch to a 4-4-2 so we can at least give one AM (preferably Mata) some rest, this will allow Marin and Oscar more space in midfield and he can play down the middle.

Marin can be the lone winger but there's nothing we can do about that. I'll get on about how we're going to play both Ba and Torres at the same time without burning one/both of them out.

Our striker situation also needs a youth team player. Since we cannot recall any of our CM's/AM's from loan so we'll have to play 2 strikers. We need to call Feruz up from the youth team. He's been on great form and he was fantastic against Boro. He slotted 2 and he does it regularly, he is only 17 though so we need to be careful, but I think in order to give Ba or Torres rest he can come on around the 60-65th minute mark with either going off and make some rare starts.

I think it's what's needed in-order to add some depth to the squad. In defense considering we have a fully fit Azpilicueta, who can swap with Ivanovic at times and take a rest. In the CB category we have Terry, Cahill, Luiz as our natural CB's, Iva mostly plays at CB with Azpilicueta being fit so there isn't quite a problem and Terry is gaining match fitness on his recovery. Left back we can play the majority of the games with Cole and then give him a breather by playing a decent Bertrand who isn't as good as Cole though.

I think Iva will switch to permanent CB once Wallace arrives in the summer. We can also call up Aziz-Deen-Conteh who is a fine RB if Azpi needs rest. I think I`ve said everything. I might not be correct but I'm sharing my opinions. Rafa should rest players at lower-class Europa league games like Prague, giving youngsters a chance.

Keep the blue flag flying high!

Please feel free to have a bash at me if I made a mistake! Cheers.

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Date:Monday January 28 2013
Time: 4:36PM


If he fields youngsters and we lose,i hope u wouldnt complain??
28/01/2013 18:02:00
de bruyne & chalobah have been amazing @ loan... definitely shud be recalled.. problem solved
28/01/2013 18:06:00
It's cool,I love it has you have written it.
28/01/2013 18:12:00
I think Chalobah is more like the defensive midfielder we need than Ake. Ake is a great prospect too, from the little I've seen he looks very promising indeed but more as a centre back. An elegant ball player who can tackle and read the game well too, he reminds me massively of Gullit to watch and though it's hard to tell, I think that is as much because of his style as his looks! If he becomes half the player Gullit was, he has a bright future!
28/01/2013 18:27:00
I am reluctant to throw kids in at the deep end but given the level of squad cover we do have (sorry, I don't buy this nonsense about our squad lacking depth!), it's hard to disagree with re-calling those two raghavgurbaxani1994 to play some games without having to rely on them to play every game (though I don't think we can re-call either now). Chalobah is very young indeed but became a standout player at a top Championship side immediately, I'd love to see him start getting some games for us next season. KDB has done very well too and being that bit older, I think we need to assess if he's good enough to play a squad role (at least) for us now and if so, give him a go. Football fans are fickle though, some kids will sink and some will swim when given their chance but whether or not it's a good idea to blood them really depends on whether or not we are winning games at the time!
28/01/2013 18:27:00
Cfctalal, your article shows that you have a keen interest in our youths and follow them, I have no problem with that or your theories, but you forgot one important thing, chelsea seem to be a one man team as most people believe we can't win any game without mata, my opinion is that we should focus on the EPL with our regulars and mix the youth with some of the fringe players in lesser games, baker is a fine player, so is Ake, feruz is also good and kiwomya, add oscar and marin and we'll have another second team, they won't be too bad as they are doing well in the U_21s brushing teams aside and making great comebacks, I am not saying they'll win, but they'll be a delight to watch and would help our cause in signing youngsters, I was so happy that a swedish youngster who is 15 chose us over the likes of pool, citeh, it shows that they believe in our academy
28/01/2013 18:29:00
I'm pretty sure the club has no intent on recalling the on loan players and thank you for the feedback desmond. Yes , I did miss that out , we never seem to tick without mata, I have no idea why though , we have players more than capable to fill his role while he's resting with oscar and hazard...I'd recommend in order to gain a top 4 finish we sacrifice the europa league , our thin squad can't handle this....I think playing fringe players in the europa will help.
28/01/2013 19:20:00
SpanishBlue , that's the main problem , the club have no intent of calling back loanee's and we're really short. Chalobah and KDB won't be here til' next season and god knows if chalobah(more likely candidate) will be loaned out!
28/01/2013 19:24:00
SpanishBlue , that's the main problem , the club have no intent of calling back loanee's and we're really short. Chalobah and KDB won't be here til' next season and god knows if chalobah(more likely candidate) will be loaned out!
28/01/2013 19:24:00
rather than playing lamps and rami on pivot i would play anyone there...they both are uselles in that position cant dominate the midfield at all...we need to try something different or there is no point in playing both there..
28/01/2013 19:58:00
CFCTalal; these are prudent suggestions..whether they will be followed is another story. Left to me we should field a team of mostly guys from the youth teams at all the Europa league games, field our first team guys for all the BPL games and a variable mix of both for the FA cup games. Survival and remaining in the top 3 is the name of the game here..everything else including any trophies are a very distant second priority that i honestly dont think will happen.
28/01/2013 21:05:00
I agree with both shlok27 and this point almost anyone is better that Lamps/Ramires...I don't think a 4-4-2 will work at all as Chelsea lacks true wingers. As far as Marin...I just don't think he is capable of playing English football. He just can't stand up to the physical play and I think it was a mistake and we should move forward. I would anticipate Ake to be more of a DM as he is a little short for CD. Furthermore, there is no reason why George Saville can't get a shot...He can play DM...Regardless, we need a passer playmaker for the pivot so bring anyone up that is creative and that can pass...Why can't Oscar play in the pivot? I would rather struggle with the youth and understand what you have rather than to keep playing Lampard/Ramires that don't fit the 4-2-3-1 system. Otherwise switch to a 4-3-3 and then play either Lampard or Ramires but not both.. As far as Torres goes...I would like to see Torres on the right with Ba in the middle and Hazzard on the right. Between Torres and Marin, I would rather see what Torres can do with the pressure off him as the lone striker...I am trying to be objective...and Torres does have skill..its all in his head...he needs confidence and playing off Ba may actually be something to see...I just think that he just can't handle the pressure and this little change could give him some confidence...Torres may be one of the better crossers on the team...I would go total youth with the Europa everyone says...
29/01/2013 00:34:00
There is a huge elephant in Chelsea's house which every fan has refused t s to see. Chelsea fans are always focusing their attention on the wrong frontier while leaving the dysfunctional department which is the pivot. We have tried to pair pair all our best players with one player but the end result is that the opposing teams always overrun our pivot and cause alot of agony.If we can fix the pivot and stop our fixation of breaking useless individual records then chelsea will be back again in contention.If not we fans will whine about the boss,managers and other players but to no avail.
29/01/2013 05:57:00
@lamarochs, we don't need wingers for the 4-4-2 formation, all we need is intelligent midfielders that can shut the shop on other teams and are creative enough to feed both strikers, I have a hunch that if we try it, we'll be winning with it for a while before we are found out, but with mata playing behind the striker , with oscar and hazard in the middle, luiz and mikel being the blocking 4s
29/01/2013 06:15:00
I like the ideas expressed in this article,problem is that it ends here. I expected Nathan to start alongside Rami on sunday,but that wasnt to be as Rafa insisted on playing all the giants against the ants. It is gradually becoming a tradition in Cfc that we dont put faith in young players and thats too bad. I also think we ve lost all the trophies we could get,lets simply play the youths in the remaining cup games and focus on the league with the big players.
29/01/2013 06:50:00
My exact sentiments, my exact reasoning right now, who knows we might a diamond in our hands now who just needed to be found and trusted
29/01/2013 11:41:00
cfc fans will not accept losing even when playing youngsters, neither will there's a balance there that cfc managers need to find...not an easy balance i might add...the difference in quality between premier league teams and lower leagues is not as obvious as it may have been 2/3 yers ago... so you get punished for even a slight reduction in team strength! siiigh...#whoknows? lol
29/01/2013 16:38:00
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