Written on 11:51:00
Listen there is plenty of debate at the moment about our players, team selection and substitutions etc. Again last night's was surprising and the fall out afterwards prompted me to have yet another rant at our club!.
What I want people to do right now is look at our squad and the players we have, forget form and favouritism, reported player power at the club and tell me what you personally believe to be our strongest eleven and the side that YOU believe can turn things round for us in the League and in the second leg against Napoli.
At the same time I need you to be realistic because right now, we need our strongest side playing week in, week out because at the moment we look a shadow of our former selves don't we.
I will give you an example, the Napoli players were talking of this being the biggest game for them of recent times and that they are underdogs, the whole town was looking forward to the game and why? Because Chelsea ARE feared around Europe for being a strong side, tough to break down and dangerous in attack. Chelsea have world class players.
They must have thought to themselves after the first ten mins or so, "This is not Chelsea!" and that lies our problem.
We need to get a general consensus of opinion here from YOU the fans on this and if it is dramatically different to the side AVB is picking over the last few weeks then obviously there is a problem.
So just to remind you, I want you to look at our squad, forget individual preferences and form because with playing games people will improve and name the side that WILL get Chelsea out of this mess. It's not about putting people in positions now to see how they will do, name THE strongest eleven we have at AVB's disposal right now (bearing in mind JT is out for six weeks!).
I will start:
Cech, Luiz, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge.
Bench: Hilario, Bertrand, Meireles, Mikel, Kalou, Malouda, Torres.
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