Chelsea 2008/09: The Present and the Future

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Chelsea 2008/09: The Present and the Future

Chelsea's identity has changed this season.

The team is no longer linked to Jose Mourinho's character or to a cautious, defensive system on the pitch.

Chelsea's formation, strategy, and most importantly the squad's mentality has changed. It is a new era for the Blues.

Under former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, Chelsea have diverted their way of play from the catanaccio style that was made famous by Italians to an attacking game, similar to that of the Brazilians.

However, Chelsea are yet to become the side Abramovich, Scolari, and the Blues fans would want.

 

Chelsea's Weak Points

1. When Didier Drogba is out injured, Chelsea seem short of striking power. Scolari is left with Nicolas Anelka as the only experienced striker which keeps the Brazilian manager from having any options if he wants to attack and score.

2. Chelsea play 4-5-1 with two attacking midfielders, Deco and Joe Cole. Scolari wanted to bring in Robinho in order to add to his options in the attacking midfield.

Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda are good players, but surely not good enough to be first-team players. And yet at least one of them becomes a first-team player when Cole or Deco is ruled out with an injury or a ban.

 

Chelsea's Strong Points

1. It might not have been the best year for Petr Cech last season, but the Czech goalie is certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Cech has been reliable ever since he stepped between the posts at Stamford Bridge.

2. Chelsea's defense is definitely one of the best in Europe. The Blues have excellent defenders who often help in keeping a clean sheet.

3. Chelsea's midfield is one of the best in the world especially with Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, and Michael Essien dominating the center of the pitch regardless of who forms the opposition.

 

After Liverpool ended their undefeated home streak, Chelsea bounced back to win two EPL matches. The Blues then surprisingly lost 3-1 to Roma in the Champions League.

However, Chelsea are still among the favorites to win the Champions League. They are certainly the favorites to win the English Premier League with them being the most convincing side in England.  

Chelsea are still far from becoming the team that Scolari and the club's fans want to see. Perhaps they need a striker (Why they lent out Pizarro is beyond me.) and a creative attacking midfielder.

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