Carlo's Christmas tree formation wasn't effective in the latter stages of the season. The controversy of too many strikers and not enough footballs and minutes on the pitch was also prevalent.
A striking core of Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda would make most managers salivate at the prospect of such a potent formation, however, Carlo couldn't figure out how to effectively use this talented group.
There was also much speculation about starting "El Nino" because of how expensive he was in the January transfer window and that Roman wanted a return on his big-name investment.
Fifty million Euros is a lot of money for a player that has scored as many goals for Chelsea as I have this season.
Carlo had multiple attempts to make this work.
Didier alone, Torres withdrawn and vice versa. Then Anelka out wide and often retreating to the midfield to hold up possession. None of it truly ever worked. Kalou was also lost in this strategy and suffered on the bench, going unnoticed.
Carlo suffered some misfortune with Didier battling malaria and Torres struggling to hit his stride with poor form. Nonetheless, his lack of creativity and unsuccessful formations up front cost Chelsea silverware in 2011 and will ultimately cost him his job.