Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Chelsea FC: 5 Things You Need to Know
Should Frank Lampard have been sent off? Did Villas-Boas change his formation? How bad did José Bosingwa and David Luiz play? How well did Fernando Torres play?
If you want these questions answered, then you are reading the right article.
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I don't blame Mick McCarthy for having such a siege like mentality towards referees.
Referees have to be consistent, and if Stuart Attwell sends off Nenad MilijaŠ against Arsenal, then Peter Walton must do the same with Frank Lampard, whose foul was worse than MilijaŠ.
To add insult to injury, Lampard scored the winner.
Did André Villas-Boas Change His Formation?
Using ESPN Soccernet's average position tracker, André Villas-Boas did not change his formation; in fact, it's still a 4-1-2-3.
It can't be a 4-3-3 when Oriol Romeu plays so deep.
What caused so much confusion at the start of the game was Villas-Boas starting four central midfielders: Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard, Ramires and Raul Meireles.
Ramires ended up playing as a right-sided forward.
Why wasn't Daniel Sturridge playing? He was out with a bruised hip.
José Bosingwa's Defensive Inadequacies
Before you criticise José Bosingwa's defensive inadequacies, just bear in mind that today, he won all four of his tackles and intercepted the ball four times.
Why wasn't Bosingwa marking Steven Fletcher?
Surely, Bosingwa has done his homework and knows Fletcher is one of Wolverhampton Wanderers' most dangerous players.
How good was Bosingwa offensively?
He didn't make one successful dribble and was dispossessed twice, but did complete 59 passes at a 80 percent completion rate.
He's not that good of an attacker.
David Luiz Still a Concern
You know David Luiz's confidence is low when he only attempts one tackle the entire game.
This is a tackle-happy guy playing within himself not to conserve energy, but because he's scared to make a mistake.
He was ball watching as Steven Fletcher squared the ball for Stephen Ward to ghost in behind Luiz.
In the last play of the game, Luiz is in la la land as Kevin Doyle and Fletcher get in behind him.
It's one thing to be so positionally aware that you avoid tackling, it's another to be a bad tackler and positionally weak—like Luiz.
Fernando Torres Performance
You may remember Ashley Cole whipping the ball to Frank Lampard to score the winner.
But who provided the incisive pass to Cole?
Look at the chalkboards and you'll see three successful through balls, one successful long ball and various other passes which set up meaningful attacks.
Another thing you may have noticed was Torres tracking back and playing his heart out.
He made four tackles and intercepted the ball three times.
Maybe he's vying for David Luiz's starting centre-back position.
Though at the end of the day, Torres needs to start scoring goals or providing assists every game.
What did you think of the game?
Should Chelsea buy a right-back and a centre-back?
If so, comment below with your suggest right-backs and centre-backs.
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