After watching what happened on Saturday , what happened against United and the fact that we haven't kept a clean sheet in the Premier L...

After watching what happened on Saturday, what happened against United and the fact that we haven't kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening day of the season against Swansea I would love to hear what you the Chelsea fan reading this believes is our strongest back four.

For the majority of this season we can pretty much name our starting line up in the Premier League and that's a defensive line of:

Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole.

We now have to question is that our strongest? I don't think it is. Let's have a look at our options.

Now I have my doubts about the defensive capabilities of Jose Bosingwa however, he has impressed me with his influence in games going forward. The more I think about it, the more I am wondering if the fact that Bosingwa is in the side in defensive areas, if that has something to do with not having kept a clean sheet for so long.

It's no secret that Ivanovic is a strong defender but the question will always remain for me what's his best position?. I know he has spoken of wanting to play in his preferred position which is centre back but after doing so an amazing job under Ancelotti playing right back, being voted by his fellow pro's into the Premier League team of the season in that position, we now have to consider moving him back there.

Terry plays for me every time and not just because he is our Captain. People are having a pop at him for the fourth Arsenal goal where he slipped but I ask you to watch it again, Malouda played a ridiculous ball nowhere near him and he would have always been trying to catch up to RVP who was on it like a flash. Terry plays because of his voice, his organisation, his tackling and reading of the game.

Without question Cole starts too. We need his experience there in that position. At times he has been found out but Cole very rarely gets beat by an opponent. His attacking strength down that wing is something we need more than Bosingwa on the right so Cole starts for me every time.

David Luiz is someone else who reads the game really well. How many times since he has been here have we seen him nick the ball ahead of the opponent and start an attack going. I know he is rash in the tackle at times but is still a good defender who will continue to get better and better. There was a time on Saturday I was calling for AVB to replace Bosingwa with Luiz to get him down that right hand side as the distribution of the ball is first class with Luiz. The question remains does he play right back or centre half?

Alex is a strong defender as we all know and someone, a couple of seasons ago, who was guaranteed a first team start next to JT by playing well and forcing Ricardo Carvalho on the bench. Alex hasn't really got going this season and has had his injury problems. He has already been talking up a move away from Chelsea but could a return to first team action force him to change his mind?.

Ryan is a talent of that there is no question and is backup to Cole. We have to be honest here and state on record that if Cole is injured or rested, that's when he plays.

Paulo Ferreira is a loyal defender and will get his ten or so games in various competitions during the course of a season these days. Should we now be looking at Ferreira ahead of Bosingwa purely and simply because he is a better defender?

So there we have it, eight defensive options to choose from to sort out our woeful defending of late. For me two of those positions are nailed on and they are Terry and Cole. It's the other two positions that we need to decide on.

At this moment in time we need defensive stability. We need a base to build from and we have to ensure we stop conceding goals as soon as possible.

With that in mind I would take Bosingwa out of the side and replace him with Ivanovic and bring Alex/Luiz in next to JT. It's a major toss up between the two of them but we need pace at the back and Luiz is quicker than Alex.

It's something we have to consider. So you have seen the options and you all know yourselves who should be playing in your minds so I would love to hear from as many of you as possible on this, even if you don't normally post comments on websites.

Answer the question in the title of this blog post:
What is Chelsea's strongest back four?


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