With our potential starting team, let's just have a look at a few points that arise out of this formation and tactics that could possibly be used with Demba Ba in the Chelsea starting lineup.
1. Out wide could cause some issues
Neither Eden Hazard nor Oscar would be considered "wingers" in the traditional sense of the word, but this new formation means that, at times, the pair will need to play like wingers.
Both are brilliant on the ball going forward and are simply deadly when they're at their best, and their inclusion into any starting side is a much-needed force.
The likes of Cole and Ivanovic have great responsibility to make sure that they are snuffing out any attacking raids down the wings, which, having seen how far forward the pair can get in defense, shouldn't be too much of an issue here.
2. David Luiz can still change games
Watching the last few Chelsea games, defender David Luiz has thrived when played in defensive midfield—being allowed the opportunity to push forward into the attack and offer assistance when needed.
This formation still allows him to do the same—pushing up to play alongside Mikel in defensive midfield and, essentially, leaving the Blues with a three-man back line.
3. Where's Frank Lampard?
Simple answer: there's just no room for the Chelsea legend here. Something has to give with the arrival of Ba, and here it's Lampard in central midfield.
The most likely situation in which those five main attackers could all play as well as Lampard is either with the England international making a straight swap for Mikel or playing two defensive midfielders alongside Mikel and taking out Ivanovic and playing a three-man back line.
Either way, it certainly isn't easy to get all of the Blues' best players on the field at the same time.
What do you make of this starting lineup including Demba Ba?
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