Does the signing of Fabregas indicate a chance of approach from Mourinho?

What a massive day yesterday for Chelsea and a signal of our intent for next season with the sign...

What a massive day yesterday for Chelsea and a signal of our intent for next season with the signing of Cesc Fabregas. Does the signing indicate a change of approach from Mourinho?

It's become clear over the last few seasons that 4-2-3-1 has been the preferred formation based on the players the manager has had at his disposal. A flat back four, two holding midfielders and three attacking midfielders playing around the one main striker up front has been the Chelsea way not without it's problems.

Chelsea's Achilles heel this season has always been the wide areas and that was cruelly exposed by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi final. They opened us up out wide and punished us for not covering those positions.

It's my view that the 4-3-3 formation provides the manager with a better foundation throughout the team and a better shape to defend those wide positions. With numbers spread through the framework of the team and across the pitch, we would have plenty of numbers available to deal with the threat from out wide.

Don't get me wrong here, of course you can see the benefit of playing that way when you have the ball moving forward but I cannot help to think that with Chelsea looking vulnerable down the wings, Mourinho has seen at Real Madrid, the 4-3-3 formation is just as effective now as it always has been.

Carlo Ancelotti in his first season in Madrid pulled off a master stroke by sticking to his guns, despite having Bale, Benzema, Di Maria and Ronaldo as fantastic options to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation Mourinho had played with in the previous season.

Ancelotti could see the energy and creativity that Di Maria had in his game and decided to play him as one of the two midfielders with licence to get forward just in front of the holding midfielder. Playing next to Luka Modric and in front of Xabi Alonso, Ancelotti was able to maintain the 4-3-3 formation he believes in and Madrid have thrived from it.

So what of Fabregas at Chelsea and the position we think Mourinho will play him in?

Well, let's start by looking at our 4-2-3-1 formation and straight away you would see him in the number ten role that had been filled by Juan Mata first of all, then Oscar and more so Willian towards the end of the season.

Having played the last three seasons in Barcelona with their approach to the game, you would imagine that Fabregas would be ideally suited to the 4-2-3-1 formation having seen his ability to create and score goals.

It's always been my opinion that at Barcelona the ex-Arsenal Captain was wasted. Having little or no chance of playing in his favoured role because of Xabi and Iniesta, he was pushed further forward but never really looked like he fitted in there. So much so, every time I had seen Barcelona play and Fabregas start, he would be substituted off for either Pedro or Sanchez. Fabregas is not a wide player as part of three up top or in the false nine formation either.

I believe that Fabregas would be ideally suited to a 4-3-3 formation playing next to Oscar or Ramires and just in front of Nemanja Matic, with licence to get forward from deep.

How many times in the past had we seen just how much of an influence Fabregas can have from that position. His ability to pick the ball up and make things happen is and always has been fantastic, but from a position where he can see the game opening up in front of him, not from behind him.

You see at Barcelona he had to play second fiddle to the likes of Iniesta, Messi and Xabi and he suffered because of it. He was no longer one of the main men that the team looks to when they need something from nothing and the signing of Neymar last summer hampered Fabregas even more.

I said it yesterday and will say it again, I truly believe that the signing of Cesc Fabregas is a fantastic signing for Chelsea. We were looking to fill a void in the squad left behind by the departure of Frank Lampard and with him being just 27 years of age, we have signed Fabregas as he moves into the best years of his career.

By coming to Chelsea, Fabregas has a fantastic opportunity to get back to playing football his way, the way he has been brought up doing and the way he did for all those years at Arsenal. They obvious had the chance to re-sign him and turned it down, that's their problem.

It's a massive sign of intent from Chelsea and from Jose Mourinho as he builds a team that WILL challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Whether that's with a change of tactical approach and formation now that we have signed Fabregas, we will have to wait and see.

I believe it will be. What do you think?


Opinion 3625471153786184598

Post a Comment

Classic Football Shirts

Toffs Chelsea

For the best football betting tips make sure to check out Tips Daddy for superior football predictions, expert accumulator tips, and in depth match previews. is dedicated to providing UK players with reviews and bonus offers from a variety of poker rooms that accept PayPal.
For the best Irish free bets try for a full range of betting bonuses available to Irish players
Get the best online bingo bonuses for Irish players at along with exclusive deposit bonuse

Diego Costa - Should he stay or should he go?

Looking to bet on football? then why not check out for the latest football specials and sign-up bonuses



Google +

Soccer Pro - Chelsea

Soccer Pro

The Football Blog Network

If in a hunt for a proper bookie, check out this betting site for proper comparison and ratings.
Get your sports betting promo codes today for the internets best free bets and bookies offers.
If you're looking for the best casino deposit bonuses take a look at to get the biggest bang for your buck on your initial deposit at all the best online casino sites
To compare free bets for betting on Chelsea visit
Get the best value for money when betting using for hundreds of free spins and bonuses
"For all those who enjoy a bet on side games and slots we recommend trying out the legendary slot here where you can get a range of deposit bonuses"
Fancy playing some casino slots online? Get the best ruby slippers slot machine bonuses and free spins available
Learn the ins and outs of poker, casino and what not, with an expert in anything related to betting. Go on Betminded and see for yourself.
Golden Riviera is an exclusive online casino with great online casino games, they’ll ensure you are treated to casino bonuses, special offers and a full calendar of activities to keep you entertained. They also host regular pokie tournaments that reward the top players with incredible cash prizes. Top online casino games from Golden Riviera Casino ™. Rated Australia's best online casino site for 2015. Check out Online Casino Australia Get $500 Free at Golden Riviera Casino. This casino is available in a number of languages including English, German, French, Dutch and Russian.
Top online casino action. Head to Casino UK for the best online casino in the United Kingdom. If you’re a UK gambler & are new to the world of online gaming and want to learn more, is the site for you. They help you find the leading online casino on the internet.
Betting on the football? Make sure you claim the best free bet offers for 2016
If you bet on Chelsea or any football, we recommend for free bets and bookies offers
Head on over to Free Bets No Deposit Required for the latest live football previews and free tips along with bundles of Free Bets No Deposit offers currently available from the UK Bookmakers.
Find the best online slot games, free spins and latest promotions
Betting on Chelsea? Make sure you’re singed up to the best betting websites to get the most for your money.
Looking for value bets, accumulator tips or more betting odds? Find the best football betting tips over at