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With a new manager comes a new philosophy, and Benitez's plan seems to involve playing Fernando Torres and Juan Mata to the point that both of them are exhausted. This would be understandable if there were no options available to cover them, but Chelsea have attacking players in abundance.
With Didier Drogba's departure in the summer, and having lost Nicolas Anelka in January 2012, Chelsea are lacking in the outright striker department. However, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses are all capable of scoring goals, and with Torres looking on the brink of collapse, starting one of them up front until another striker is brought it would be a good plan.
Much was made of the Mata-Hazard-Oscar trio at the start of the 2012/13 season, and with Marko Marin injured it seemed as though there was no other option than starting those three players every game. This meant that Juan Mata had not had a real rest since the end of the 2010/11 season.
Now Marin has recovered and with Moses finding himself in excellent form, it would be eminently sensible for Benitez to start with those two players out wide, with Oscar or Hazard through the middle.
That would allow the team to continue in their preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and would give Chelsea an extra dimension in their attack. Their fixture list is becoming more and more congested as the months go by, and without a break it is highly likely that two or three players will burn out.