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So the start of the new season is less than 1 week away and looking at the squad that we have i still think we can do big things. Even though we have not added a lot of players to our squad i think we can still do a lot with what we have.

What starting line up and formation would you like to see in the first few games of the season?

For me i am hoping to see this. Very similar to what we finished with last year.

----------------------------------------------Cech----------------------------------------------

-------Bosingwa------------Carvalho---------------Terry-------------------A.Cole-------

---------------------------------------------Mikel----------------------------------------------

---------Essien-------------------------------------------------------------Malouda---------

------------------------------------------Lampard---------------------------------------------

-----------------------------Anelka---------------------Drogba-------------------------------

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I think Ivanovic might get in over Bosingwa, Italians like there defenders to defend rather than keep running up and down the pitch. I'm not sure about Essien playing out wide right, didn't really work against Coventry but we'll see.

I do agree with you but until joe cole comes back who else would you think can play there. Once joe is back in the squad i think Ess and Mikel may have a rotation plan maybe?

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Now that Jim mentioned maybe the possibility of bossingwa not playing right back what would you guys think of him playing on the right of the diamond for a few games?

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Totally agree with you 100%, but as Jim said Ancelotti likes his Defenders to defend. But at the end of the day when Ivan come off for Boss we looked a totally new team. We where breaking down the wings and putting pressure on the defense. Thats the main reason why i think he should be in the squad over Ivan.

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I think we should stop slagging Ivanovic for one bad performance. He played RB last seasons in a number of games specially against the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona and Arsenal and gave top quality performances there. One terrible performance on the right in a pre season competitive game doesnt make him a back RB. I still like Iva and more faith should be shown in him....But, I do agree that Bosingwa is a better RB because he has more pace.

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I like Ivanovic but a starting right back at Chelsea he certainly shoud not be , the difference in performance between him and Bosingwa was eye opening. Once the team is fully fit Id like it to look like this.

Cech

Bosingwa , Carvalho , Terry , Cole

Essien

Cole , Zhirkov

Lampard

Drogba , Anelka

I dont think having Essien out on the right really works , also in the second half I thought Lampards role at the top of the diamond looked much better as he was allowed to drop a little deeper when we were in possession and thus he was able to playmaker a bit more and make some late runs in.

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I think we should stop slagging Ivanovic for one bad performance. He played RB last seasons in a number of games specially against the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona and Arsenal and gave top quality performances there. One terrible performance on the right in a pre season competitive game doesnt make him a back RB. I still like Iva and more faith should be shown in him....But, I do agree that Bosingwa is a better RB because he has more pace.

No one ever said Ivan was a bad right back! and no one was slagging him off...

We said for the season we would prefer to see Bossingwa because he gets forward more often and creates those opertunites which you dont see Ivan doing. Which is something we need to go forward with if we are going to play the Diamond formation!

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I think we should stop slagging Ivanovic for one bad performance. He played RB last seasons in a number of games specially against the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona and Arsenal and gave top quality performances there. One terrible performance on the right in a pre season competitive game doesnt make him a back RB. I still like Iva and more faith should be shown in him....But, I do agree that Bosingwa is a better RB because he has more pace.

I'm not slagging him off at all, I'm saying he is simply not as good as Jose Bosingwa.

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Going forward I prefer Bossingwa and Ivanovic defensively, however Boss has way more pace which benefits him against teams like united with pacey wingers AND LB's.

my formation would be

----------------------------------------------Cech----------------------------------------------

-------Bosingwa / Ivanfield------------Alex---------------Terry-------------------A.Cole-------

---------------------------------------------Essien / Mikel----------------------------------------------

---------J.Cole / Ballack-------------------------------------------------------------Malouda / Zhirkov---------

------------------------------------------Lampard / Deco---------------------------------------------

-----------------------------Anelka---------------------Drogba-------------------------------

Bolded players are the starters always

Mikel and Essien to rotate

Alex over Carv...I'll have to wait to see what happens but Alex / JT was solid in the 2nd half of the season

I'll surely welcome Carv / JT to become the best partnership in the world again though :)

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Personally, once everyone is fit and we have got going i think our best line up is going to be:

..............................................Cech...............................................

Bosingwa.................Alex......................Terry......................A.Cole

.............................................Essien.............................................

.....................Lampard..................................Zhirkov....................

.............................................J.Cole..............................................

.................................Drogba.............Anelka.................................

For me that is the perfect balance of power and creativity and where everyone feels comfortbale, except maybe essien, but Essien is just too good of a player to leave out our best 11.

It is going to take time for the players to get used to the diamond formation, but we will get there. For me Lampard plays better comming from a bit deeper, the tip of the diamond is more suited to a J.Cole or Deco type player.

I think we are going to have a very good season, but we are going to have work on maybe quicker counter attacks because at the moment our build up play is a little slow allowing the opposition to get back and then it is harder to get through and get the oppertunities to score.

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Personally, once everyone is fit and we have got going i think our best line up is going to be:

..............................................Cech...............................................

Bosingwa.................Alex......................Terry......................A.Cole

.............................................Essien.............................................

.....................Lampard..................................Zhirkov....................

.............................................J.Cole..............................................

.................................Drogba.............Anelka.................................

For me that is the perfect balance of power and creativity and where everyone feels comfortbale, except maybe essien, but Essien is just too good of a player to leave out our best 11.

It is going to take time for the players to get used to the diamond formation, but we will get there. For me Lampard plays better comming from a bit deeper, the tip of the diamond is more suited to a J.Cole or Deco type player.

I think we are going to have a very good season, but we are going to have work on maybe quicker counter attacks because at the moment our build up play is a little slow allowing the opposition to get back and then it is harder to get through and get the oppertunities to score.

We have not even seen yuri play in a Chelsea shirt, so i dont know how you can conclude he is part of the best eleven.

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