Chelsea v Watford: A Fresh Start

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Today the blue boys take on Watford in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge as we look to defend our Trophy we...

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Today the blue boys take on Watford in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge as we look to defend our Trophy we won against Everton last season. Today is also a chance for Chelsea to make a fresh start to the new year, and get our form back on track.

This started with the win against Fulham, but with Championship opposition in Watford coming to the bridge, its a chance to get our game back on track and really get the confidence back. It will also be interesting to see how Ancelotti lines up today with Kalou, Drogba, Essien and Mikel now away at the African Nations Cup. Its important that we maintain some sort of stability so I don't see Ancelotti making alot of changes today and in the coming weeks, apart from those forced upon him.

For me he has to decide upon his first choice defensive five and stick with it for the time being. Hiddink came in and barely rotated the squad and we went on an amazing run that finished off our season on such a high and now Ancelotti needs to do the same.
For me at the moment it has to be Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Carvalho and Ashley Cole. He has to stick with these players for the game today and the coming games in the Premier League.

The midfield is more of a dilemma. Ballack needs to play in the holding role as he can be effective from there. With the play in front of him he can read the game better than anyone, and can pick his passes or play it simple, so thats that position sorted. Lampard has to play just in front of him with Malouda (who I am reading is unhappy about being rotated for the big games and missing out) so it gives the midfield a perfect balance.

Now I have been saying for a while that Joe Cole can be the key to our success, and I have to say being honest I have been disappointed. Joe is busy on the pitch as always, but hasn't really done alot to show us all what he can do and what he is capable of. Its about time that he starts with the World Cup on the horizon he isn't doing his self any favours at the moment. But, due to his workrate, I would still pick him in front of Deco any day!

Now up front is the problem. Daniel Sturridge will be the main man in Drogba's absence and with Anelka injured he needs to take the deflected goal against Fulham and his involvement to give himself some confidence. This is his big chance and there is no question he needs to take it. But, its next to him that we are weak today. As I have said with Anelka being out, Fabio Borini will more than likely start and its another chance for him to impress. Once Nico returns from Injury it will be him and Sturridge as the main men in the Prem until the rest return.

But back to today, we are stronger than Watford, we have more quality than Watford and we should win today no question. So its time for the lads to get out on the pitch today and put on a great performance and get the right result and hit the ground running in 2010.

Come on the Chels!

Carefree & Ktbffh everyone!

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