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  1. Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba proves why he has to be Chelsea's top dog - and that means Fernando Torres must start on the bench against Manchester United Struggling Spaniard can make bigger impact as a substitute against Manchester United, but the Ivorian powerhouse must be the one to lead the Blues' line on Tuesday By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge Apr 10, 2011 9:30:00 AM There are some big beasts in the Chelsea jungle. But there is only one top dog – and that is Didier Drogba. Following Fernando Torres' deadline-day switch, a pack of feared predators have been queuing up to bare their teeth at the point of the attack. But on the evidence of the audition for Tuesday's season-hinging match at Manchester United, only Drogba has the bite to compliment the bark. Chelsea's centre-forward required careful guarding against Wigan Athletic. He ran the channels, bashed defenders out of the way in a manner in which only he can, created space for others with smart movement and banged in shots from all angles whenever he had a sniff of goal. In manager-speak, he put in a shift. He was also wasteful, too, in his desire to breach the dam erected by Roberto Martinez and prove he is lord of the manor at the Bridge. Excellent free-kick positions were wasted and team-mates were sometimes ignored as he strove in search of something that would guarantee his master's approval. Carlo Ancelotti claims he already knows his team and the system he will play at Old Trafford in the quarter-final second leg. He provided a big hint by binning 4-4-2 and starting with the 4-3-3 formation that has been Chelsea's bread and butter since the Jose Mourinho days. Drogba alone up front, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda either side of him and a three-man midfield patrolled by Frank Lampard, Ramires and John Obi-Mikel. Like John Terry, who was not in the matchday squad, Torres and Michael Essien were 'rested'. Feeling blue | Torres has failed to score in 648 minutes at Chelsea since deadline-day move As a dress rehearsal, it can be said to only have been a partial success. By the end of the first half, as Chelsea searched for greater cutting edge, Anelka was playing alongside Drogba. At half-time, the ineffective Mikel was withdrawn and Yossi Benayoun was summoned from the bench for his first Chelsea appearance since September 22. By that point, it was back to the 4-4-2 formation originally introduced to shoehorn Torres into the starting XI. Anelka made way for the Spaniard a third of the way into the second period after linking well with Drogba but failing to offer the kind of threat of which he is capable. Torres' 31-minute performance was a considerable improvement on his previous 617 minutes in the blue shirt. He was industrious, lively and found himself in some excellent goalscoring positions. There was everything but the goal. How the Bridge willed him to break his Chelsea duck. Malouda's goal coaxed Wigan out of their half and provided the kind of space behind the centre halves that would have been an amusement park for the Torres of two years ago. One Drogba cross narrowly avoided his lunging body. A long ball from the back sent him clear on goal but Torres' first touch, not for the first time in a desperate 10 weeks in west London, let him down. With the clock counting down, Benayoun side-footed a short pass into his path in the penalty area with no Wigan defenders in sight. The crowd held its breath as Torres shaped to pull the trigger. Surely, this would be it. Torres' connection with the outside of his right boot was true. The ball was heading for the back of the net. But Ali Al Habsi, whose reflexes had been in good working order all afternoon, stretched out his arm at the last millisecond and diverted the ball to safety. It was a mighty fine save but something is still missing for the Chelsea No. 9. You feel Torres in his 2007-09 pomp would not have given Al Habsi the opportunity to show off his athleticism. With his job and legacy possibly depending on the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final, Ancelotti cannot afford to indulge Roman Abramovich's marquee signing from the start on Tuesday. For the Italian, it has to be Drogba leading the line, with two creators either side of him. Just the way the Ivorian likes it. The support act is not one that suits him or Torres. They both have to be the main man. Malouda is likely to get the nod over Yuri Zhirkov as Saturday's Spring sunshine reawakened the player that had laid dormant for six months. Yossi Benayoun is fit to start after making his first appearance for Chelsea since September 22 on Saturday but it would represent a gamble by Ancelotti to prefer him to Anelka, whose versatility and awareness should guarantee him a starting point. He is also the club's leading scorer this season with 16 goals. Poor Salamon Kalou, scorer of nine goals this season – the same as Torres – will once again be shunted out to the sidelines. Whatever the future of the Big Four strikers holds beyond this season, Ancelotti must concentrate on the here and now. It will suit Chelsea, and perhaps Torres too, for the club's record signing to be an impact substitute against United's tiring defenders. That means letting the club's top Drog off the leash from the first minute. Link
  2. 2. Antonio Rudiger

    Goodness gracious, brother Skip. Never said Rudiger is bad. Said he was solid but far from a top defender. He's been better in recent weeks but he still has a lot to prove. I don't even like saying this about him because he's actually a player who cares about playing for Chels. And Cahill has been fantastic since his return btw.
  3. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    I love how much players and former players appreciate Eden. He'll never satisfy the goals+assists lovers but players know how valuable he is and the degree of difficulty of his game. The whole energy changes when a player like Hazard has the ball at his feet. And like they pointed out, even a fantastic player like Sanchez does not offer the same. Can't believe he's on 300 apps for Chels btw. The man is averaging 50 games a season. Those are Lampard-esque numbers.
  4. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Loving this FA Cup win. It's been a while. Courtois was BRILLIANT. Haven't seen a GK performance like that (in Chelsea colours) in a while. He made everything look so easy. My MOTM. Kante was outstanding as well.
  5. The Conte Thread

    He gets to leave on a high. But it's really time to go. Chels need to go into a different direction, man. This defensive and chaotic shit, hoping for a miracle moment up top is so tired. And it scares away quality players.
  6. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Poundland Vieira though, haha.
  7. Jorginho

    Except for defensive superstars in Maka and Cole, and then there's Sheva. Yes, we know what happened but he scored 26 and 28 goals in his final two seasons for Milan (in 80 games in total, which was extremely impressive pre-MessiRonaldo times). It was a mega signing and an extremely expensive one in those times. Even Torres was a superstar in terms of status, although his fitness and form was already waning prior to the transfer. Crespo was a very big signing as well btw. I agree with what you're trying to say but Chels have definitely lost pulling power though. And that's because the money they offer simply isn't as impressive as it once was.
  8. 10. Eden Hazard

    Talk that talk. Finally some pressure on the suits. It doesn't matter if it comes from a manager. They're just passengers. But from your star man and most marketable player, that's something different. It will be interesting to see how they respond (referring to their actions in the market this summer).
  9. Anthony Martial

    Chels should get both. Bailey is not ready to start for Chels week in, week out. But he could take over for Willian in two years if he continues to develop.
  10. Anthony Martial

    Keep Willian. Buy Martial. The point is to make the team stronger. Put them on the flanks, Hazard at #10 and Morata up top.
  11. Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Fucking 3-5-2. Dropping Willian in this form is criminal. Coward.
  12. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    He was nothing more than a decent player at Monaco. But he was a young player so he automatically possessed 'great potential'. No redeeming qualities. Had he been some physical beast then okay. But he mostly commits stupid fouls and he plays with the intensity of a Fabregas or Pjanic type player. No technique as well. Just throw the whole player away. Better players have been sold after a year. Get a proper midfielder.
  13. Don't fear this Liverpool team in the league. But they can be a problem in cup competitions. Wouldn't surprise one bit if they failed to produce next season though.They need more quality.
  14. The English Football Thread

    Kevin De Bruyne is soooo good. He's been the perfect #8 this season. A feast for the eyes as well.
  15. The Conte Thread

    He should try Alonso alongside Kante in midfield when he gets back. Drinkwater isn't good enough, Bakayoko is garbage right now and Fabregas will leave Kante too exposed vs Pogba, Herrera and Matic. Giroud needs to start in the final. I can already see the long balls flying against Utd. And Morata is more valuable to the team off the bench right now. Fabregas and Pedro could have an impact off the bench as well. And I know dropping Caballero would hurt him but I'd start Courtois in the final. Chels need to be at their absolute best to win. Courtois Azpiliceuta - Cahill - Rudiger Moses - Kante - Alonso - Emerson Willian - Giroud - Hazard Caballero; Christensen, Zappacosta; Bakayoko, Fabregas; Pedro, Morata Whatever the case though, NO 3-5-2. That set-up is a violation.
  16. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    Hazard finally producing a top game again. It's been a while. He should've scored though. 9/10. Kante was good too. Emerson had his moments but failed to get really involved. I am impressed by how he has dealt with the physicality of English football though. Solid perfomance overall.
  17. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    It's been a while since the last FA Cup win, hasn't it? 2012? It's been time but it will difficult.
  18. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    Hazard just shoot, man
  19. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    It's strange to have a #9 you dont trust to burry chances like that. I wasn't surprised at all.
  20. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    The final will be interesting to say the least. Good goal.
  21. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    Why are they passing the ball to Caballero so much? He has no skill. Don't trust Caballero as a goalie. Decent #2 at best. I find his entire GK style quite odd.
  22. Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

    Middle finger to the fans that decision. Conte should be ashamed. That was a midtable manager sub. Bakayoko, sigh.
  23. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Did Conte explain why he never plays him? And is Barkley a cripple now?
  24. Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

    Bakayoko is a disgrace, really. He combines a serious lack of ability with the work rate of a classic #10. Sadly, his price tag means Chels are most likely stuck with him.
  25. The English Football Thread

    Kevin De Bruyne is the best player I've seen in the PL since Ronaldo 07/08. He's become the complete midfield general. EDIT: Forgot about Suarez in 13/14. He's up there with both of them then.