What has been a strength for Chelsea in previous years—its stellar defense—has slowly turned into a liability in West London over this past season.
And anyone watching the Blues closely knows it’s certainly not the fault of goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Defenders Ashley Cole and John Terry have been fighting injuries this season and David Luiz, whose temperament sometimes gets the best of him, is often caught out of position due to his tendency to rush up the field to be a part of the offense. Newbie Gary Cahill just hasn’t had enough playing time yet, and should soon get into the flow of things at Stamford Bridge.
What should they do to try to shore up the Blues defense? Employ a 4-3-2-1 formation that returns the team to the defensive prowess that served Chelsea so well in recent years.
Here’s the best starting 11 to go with heading forward as the team fights to try to stay alive in its current UEFA Champions League matchup with Napoli later today and in the future as it fights for UEFA qualification next season down the stretch in the English Premier League against Tottenham and Arsenal.