Lampard or Meireles: Who Is More Deserving of a Spot in Chelsea's Starting XI?

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Lampard or Meireles: Who Is More Deserving of a Spot in Chelsea's Starting XI?

It's true. Everything the media has said about the problems at Chelsea right now is true. Andre Villas-Boas and Frank Lampard both got candid in recent interviews and made some interesting revelations. One can't say this wasn't on the cards.

The main reason for unrest in the squad and a damaged relationship between the two is Lampard's reduced involvement in Chelsea matches.

Anyone who has been following the Blues this season will have realized that Andre Villas-Boas rarely uses Lampard and Raul Meireles together. The few times he has, the midfield has appeared too crowded.

It's not that they are very similar players. The fact of the matter is that the presence of any one reduces the effect of the other. The game away to Wigan at the DW Stadium serves as a good example of this. It was one of the most insipid attacking displays I've seen from the Blues all through 2011-12.

Lamps is the Chelsea legend, third on the chart of all-time highest goal-scorers for the club, but a man in the twilight of his career, who has lost a lot of his pace. His famous fox-in-the-box trait remains, but he is no longer an automatic choice for the starting XI. Quite a few still feel he should be guaranteed a starting role.

Meanwhile, Meireles is a player who made a big name plying his trade in Portugal with Porto. He then followed it up with an impressive solitary season at Liverpool. However, he has had mixed success in the blue of Chelsea. But there are those who feel Lampard is past it and are in favor of the younger Meireles starting games.

AVB has interestingly given Portuguese compatriot Meireles more preference for big matches recently, however dismal showings off late and a good game for FL8 against Bolton on the weekend mean that it's a level playing ground once again.

Here I present a comparison between the two men with plenty of statistics, which facilitated me in deciding who I would have had as my first-choice if I were in the manager's shoes. I hope it helps you with the same.

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