Vital Football

Latest Chelsea FC News

No More 4-3-2-1!

No More 4-3-2-1!

After going through the transitional period and nursing our fingerlings, we kick start the season, and our 'toothless tigers' should be ready to devour and challenge whatever comes their way.

We have a tactically complete manager who can sharpen our tigers' teeth to be readied for 'destruction'. He has done it everywhere he has been including his first stint at the Bridge.

With him and his 4-3-3 formation, we rocked the PL arena in 2004 by setting a still unbroken record of 95 points and just 15 goals conceded. That was our most successful era. He used the same formation at Inter Milan but changed it to 4-2-3-1 at Real Madrid.

In his current spell, he has used the same (4-2-3-1) formation in most of our matches which was yielding inconsistent results. This may be as a result of a reliable striker and transition. Now we are in the market to polish some areas in the squad and after, what formation will you recommend to the special one?

Looking at the number of creative players we have in addition to the signing of Costa, Fabregas. (Maybe Kroos), and a threatening LB, I will want him to go attacking and this is what I believe will give us the consistent results.

4-3-3 - In this formation, Matic must be my pivot to cover the back four when the need arises. With Fabregas on the left and Oscar on the right to form a triangle, we then place Hazard on the left flank and Willian / Shurrle on the right flank with Costa up front to also form a triangle, with the full backs joining the attack. This will be the best form of attack and defend. I will prefer we use this against teams that park the bus with eleven players behind the ball.

4-2-2-2 - I will prefer we use this against tough teams like Man City, Liverpool and their friends who will attack and attack. With the back four settled, I will opt for Matic and Oscar/Ramirez at the centre, then go for Willian/Shurrle and Fabregas on either flanks and the Hazard and Costa above them. Not even magic can beat us with Courtois/Cech in-between the sticks with Azpillicueta (RB), Cahill(RCB), Terry(LCB) and probably Fillipe Luis. We may only loose with this formation when we have an anti-Chelsea referee at the centre.

What do you think Blues?



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:DeepBlue1
Date:Monday July 7 2014
Time: 2:00AM

Comments

0
Agree with the 433. But your 4222 sounds pointless. It might as well be a 4231 because hazard cant play ST. You can only call it 4-2-2-2 if your actually playing 2 ST.
Humza_96
07/07/2014 02:57:00
0
we might b incapacitated in some area which i knw Man C wil exploit 2 gud effect
Oladsomething
07/07/2014 05:28:00
0
But wit 433 we can destroy any team weather dey attack us or pack d bus
Oladsomething
07/07/2014 05:29:00
0
Miss the Good Old Days of 433
StamfordDLion
07/07/2014 06:16:00
0
Whats wrong if we go all out to attack city huh? They dont switch tactics when playing us so why must we always be thinking of changing playing plan each time we are meeting them? We can play better than city he jose fix things up,
Gabriel Ofunuel
07/07/2014 07:23:00
0
*if*
Gabriel Ofunuel
07/07/2014 07:24:00
0
i want 4231 for top teams with oscar at pivot n fab at front ... and 4222 for all the lower teams wic park the bus with fab at pivot n oscar with costa
gary777
07/07/2014 07:39:00
0
433 will work only when we have Azpi on RB & another pure LB, not with Ivanovic @ RB & Azpi @ LB. IMO, this was the combination which didnt help us beating the mid-table teams last season. Hope Jose rectify these points.
Blu_run
07/07/2014 08:34:00
0
Against top teams, we dont need to alter our strategy. Counter attacking 4-2-3-1 will do the job, and now with deadly striker (hopeful) who can finish the chances we create, we will be the force to beat.
Blu_run
07/07/2014 08:36:00
0
4-2-2-2 will be suicide against top teams like City. Too narrow, no width and exposes the fullbacks cos they will bumb forward to provide width. If you want to play this system, the 2 upfront must be deadly and clinical with their finishing and the 2 just in front of the back4 must be really good DMs to cover for the fullbacks when they bump forward.
SameX
07/07/2014 08:58:00
0
JustJongen 29m Romelu Lukaku : Clubs will have to negotiate, then we'll see. There's a lot of interest. I wouldn't lend. #CFC
SameX
07/07/2014 09:09:00
0
4-3-3/4-2-3-1 are basically the same formation just played with or without the ball. the triangle in CM also plays a part either with a triangle with the pivot base or inverted triangle with just the one holding Cm and either wingers tucking in or playing wider which again comes down to having or not having the ball. think both these formations will be played in every single game this season
Dave-David
07/07/2014 09:17:00
0
the 4-2-3-1 formation will still be very good for the Squad, bur we can try 4-3-3 formation.... this is my 1st comment, so glad to join the blue family. ...
Benjamin Whyss Kidd
07/07/2014 11:33:00
0
the 4-2-3-1 formation will still be very good for the Squad, bur we can try 4-3-3 formation.... this is my 1st comment, so glad to join the blue family.
Benjamin Whyss Kidd
07/07/2014 11:37:00
0
4-3-3 maybe the way we are going but we'll have to see what Jose does.
syed230183_chelseafc
07/07/2014 14:18:00
0
The 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 setups are not the same. The wide men in the former play as wide forwards or wide support strikers and play far further on the flanks looking to score not only create goal scoring chances, while the wide men in the latter do more of creating goals and tend to combine more with the other 4 players behind the CF, this means they come inside more. Salah and Schurrle will suit the 4-3-3 more if played on the flanks while Willian and Hazard will do better jobs as wide men in the 4-2-3-1 setup.
SameX
07/07/2014 14:41:00
0
The wide men in the 4-3-3 also cut inside but they don't do it to create but to score goals also. Ancelloti is the king of the 4-3-3, he did it with us in his double winning season with Malouda and Anelka as his wide men, we saw the best of Malouda that season as he banged in like 15PL goals. He did it with Madrid last season, with Bale and CR7 as his wide men, they banged in loads of goals.
SameX
07/07/2014 14:48:00
0
The 4-3-3 setup can be exciting tbf, but I don't think we have quality in that wide forward role as Hazard, Salah, Willian and Schurrle are no where near clinical enough.
SameX
07/07/2014 15:19:00
0
Bayern to replace Real Madrid bound Kroos with Vidal. I don't see United getting Vidal now.
SameX
07/07/2014 15:25:00
0
Juventus to release Pogba if and only if he wants to go and use the cash to outbid Arsenal for Sanchez.
SameX
07/07/2014 15:27:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Ingle Talks Brook

Recent Chelsea Articles

2016 / 2017 Title Winning Fact #2

In our ongoing series whereby we bring to the table an interesting fact relating to our title winning season, we`re a real corker for you today.

Chelsea Target Heading for AC Milan

Are we about to take the name of one possible summer transfer acquisition off of the list?

Cahill`s Chelsea`s Sole Representative

The domestic season might end with the FA Cup Final this Saturday, when Chelsea face Arsenal, but the month of June is packed with international fixtures.

Bayern Interested in Chelsea Target?

If Chelsea`s interest in Alexis Sanchez is genuine as opposed to just media speculation, then it may take a huge sum to lure the Chilean to Stamford Bridge.

Archived Vital Chelsea Articles

Vital Chelsea articles from

Site Journalists

Merlin
Editor email
Profile
Stan Wenners
no email
Profile
GabeU
no email
Profile
Tom
no email
Profile
Dylan M
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

2017 FA Cup Final?
Suggested By: merlin
Chelsea to win in 90 mins!88%
Arsenal to win in 90 mins!3%
Chelsea to win after extra-time!6%
Arsenal to win after extra time!0%
Chelsea to win on penalties!0%
Arsenal to win on penalties!3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Chelsea Results (view all)

Chelsea Fixtures (view all)

May 27 2017 5:30PM : Arsenal (a)
FA Cup

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Jerry O125
2.Jerry Blues124
3.Michael Reid75
4.RHYMEZ 168
5.Chistan33
6.Kazuya Mishima31
7.Solid725
8.herefordchelsea20
9.ZeeNut20
10.analooish19
Vital Football Comment