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Last September, Fernando Torres criticised Chelsea for being slow-paced, though he insists he was misquoted.
The implication of his quote was Chelsea don't give him enough support. With a triumvirate of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Hulk—Torres should improve his goal-scoring rate.
Opponents have to pick their poison because Chelsea have pace, creativity and unpredictability. Should they choose to leave Hulk one-on-one with a weak full-back, expect the Brazilian to wreak havoc. Just ask David Luiz, who was humiliated at left-back by Hulk when Porto won 5-0.
Eden Hazard is dead-set on playing as the No. 10, and this season he accumulated a goals scored/created average of 0.90 per game when playing centrally.
Juan Mata's best role is as the No. 10, but he'll have to play second fiddle to Hazard, because remember what the Belgian said:
I have always dreamed of playing the number 10 role, and wearing that number on my back, and you can see what a difference it makes from how many goals I have scored and set up for others. That will be a consideration when I decide on my club. Where I will play will influence my thinking on who I should join.
The two holding midfielders have to possess positional discipline and deep-lying playmaking ability.
Frank Lampard is not lacking in these areas but will he be content with playing a deep-lying role week in, week out?
Ramires is a hyperactive box-to-box midfielder, not a player confined to a zone. He is better running with the ball at full tilt than dictating play.
When Juventus tried to play Felipe Melo as a deep-lying midfielder, he failed abysmally.
Former manager Cesare Prandelli alluded to why Melo was not a success at Juve:
If the opposing player comes too forward and enters a space, he has some difficulty handling him. He has the physicality and personality, but not great vision of the game. He has the physical strength, but he needs to learn what to do with the ball.
What prompted Juve to sign Melo was his robust performances under Prandelli's Fiorentina. This is how Prandelli allowed Melo to play:
We would give simple tasks to Felipe Melo, in the middle of the park, or on the right because he is not a director of play.
Ramires is instinctive, loves to roam and isn't a conductor.
So, how do Chelsea fix this situation? Sign Yann M'Vila and Jordy Clasie. However what happens with Lampard and Ramires?