Essien and Meireles departures indicate a change to Chelsea's style?

Chelsea have sold and loaned out Raul Meireles and Michael Essien and I get the impression that quite a few Chelsea fans are asking why?. ...

Chelsea have sold and loaned out Raul Meireles and Michael Essien and I get the impression that quite a few Chelsea fans are asking why?.

I admit, I was surprised to see the Meirles story break and for then for the deal worth £8m to be concluded fairly quickly especially after Chelsea loaned Michael Essien to Real Madrid.

Quite a few of you are looking at our midfield and have the opinion that we are "light" now in midfield. I am not so sure.

If you look at the players we have left I personally believe we have more than enough cover. Mikel, Lampard, Romeu and Ramires can all play through the middle. The problem we have is the current formation of 4-2-3-1.

At the moment in the 4-2-3-1 formation, RDM prefers to play with two deeper lying midfielders called the double pivot. Last season as soon as RDM took over, Frank Lampard was deployed in this position next to Mikel and it worked for the most part. However, there are questions from the Chelsea fans whether or not it's working at the moment.

So what about cover? Romeu is the natural replacement and Ramires? I can't see Ramires being asked to play in that position as his normal game is box to box.

I just wonder if after seeing how (at times) our back four is exposed in the 4-2-3-1 formation, whether or not RDM is considering a switch back to the tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation.

The 4-3-3 formation gives Chelsea plenty of options. Mikel/Romeu in the holding midfielder position. We simply haven't seen Romeu since RDM took over but being honest it looks like RDM does in fact rate him after seeing the players that have been allowed to leave the club. I would expect to see alot more of Romeu this season.

Now, either side of the holding midfielder, RDM has plenty of options. Frank Lampard and Ramires used to play there under Carlo Ancelotti and can do so again. In addition we have Oscar, Hazard and Juan Mata who can also play there.

Out wide we have Marko Marin, Victor Moses and Juan Mata and Eden Hazard so again we have plenty of cover.

Even though it seems difficult for RDM to make the decision to change the formation, defensively this has to be something he is thinking of after being exposed as much as we were against Atletico.

Do you agree?

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  1. Let's try...


    Either of the 2 reserve keepers.(both crap)
    Betrand (cover at left back or left wing) luiz (also cover for the holding role) the new Spanish right back (you would think he could also play right wing. Is is Spanish after all) moses (either wing), oscar (any one of 5 positions) and studridge (ball greedy striker) does score though.

    Still think we need a better holding mid instead of Mikel who us ave at the best of time.
    Why did we not go in for de jong.
    At least you what you are going to get from him.

    Whatever Robbie goes for let hope it works and works quickly.

    You blues.

  2. I rate for 4 3 3.
    azpi Cahill terry Cole
    ramires mikel Bertrand
    hazard Torres Mata

    mata n Bertrand cn switch play.I rate Bertrand a perfect utility player who plays Lw LB n CM.he cn b cover for both attacking band n Cole on d left.

    drop lampard pls..he Is definitely replacable.ramires, romeu, oscar are all ahead of him in my selection.

    moses Marin sturridge wil there be cover for the attacking band

  3. I'm surprised you can Swiftly change your opinion from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 considering the amount of time & articles you used to explain why its the best last season (using the 2nd half of ManU match as case study). I think RDM should & Would stick with 4-2-3-1 or what's the point of going all thru preseason with it only to change when we've won 3 straight EPL games with it? I feel Mikel is constant, so Lamp, Ramires & Romeu can fill d oda space (they just have to be disciplined not to go forward, exposing mikel). Oscar, Mata, Eden, Marin & Moses for d 3 attacking slot, Torres & Sturge as striker!

  4. I still support 4-2-3-1. Here's my team.

    Azpilicueta - Cahill - Terry - Cole
    Romeu/Mikel - Oscar/Ramires
    Marin/Moses - Hazard - Mata

    Selfish Sturridge should be introduced into Carling Cup matches when its 10mins to the end. That's enough time to kill some birds in the sky with his outrageous shots.




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