Victor Moses - A different approach.

Sitting in the stands on Saturday against Stoke, after seeing RDM's decision to play Hazard, Mata and Oscar from the start, you can imag...

Sitting in the stands on Saturday against Stoke, after seeing RDM's decision to play Hazard, Mata and Oscar from the start, you can imagine my excitement as I took my seat.

Chelsea fans had been calling out for all three to be given a start especially after Oscar's two goal haul against Juventus.

By half time the problem was clear that we needed natural width in order for these guys to flourish with the ball. Each of them loved to come inside and look for the opportunity to slide a pass through the defence or look for a flick or two here and there. If anything, we played into Stoke's hands.

Don't get me wrong, just as Cody has posted earlier today here, it was a fresh an exciting approach and one that we can build on. We have to remember we have only played five league games and it will take time for everyone to get used to each other.

The problem we had and will come up against time and time again, is the Stoke approach to the game. Two banks of four across the back line and through midfield and with the man playing in behind the striker dropping into the midfield to make it give across the middle, Chelsea found it hard to break down and will continue to do so. Chelsea looked at times too narrow.

If anything, the game was crying out for Chelsea to get the ball wide more often, to open the play up and get at their full backs, forcing them backwards and to allow the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar to take advantage of the game becoming stretched.

Chelsea have never had face paced wingers down either side of our attack ever since the days of Arjen Robben and Damian Duff but with Moses he gives us an option down one side at least.

When he came on at the weekend, he changed the game literally. Stoke had a problem because they knew he would hug the touchline and when he had the ball at his feet, would run at their defence rather than looking for that amazing through ball first.

There were times when he got the better of the full back with ease, notably when he turned inside and found himself in space running at the heart of the Stoke defence.

Think about our goal for a second. BOTH our fullbacks had pushed forward. Cole started the attack down the left and carried on his run, Ivanovic had pushed forward down the opposite side so Moses stepped inside up with the play. The ball came to Moses who played it wide to Ivanovic, he played it first time into Mata who flicked the ball through his legs to Cole who scored!.

Chelsea need width in our team or we tend to struggle. OK, granted at times we created a couple of half chances or ones that their keeper dealt with but apart from that, we were too narrow with our three "number tens" all looking to pick up the ball or make runs into the same area.

If you are a team that faces us, you must look at the starting eleven for us and think "we just have to keep it tight and narrow to make it difficult for Chelsea". Imagine as we hopefully progress in the Champions League, just how difficult it could become to break teams down.

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Victor Moses has given us a different option to our attacking play with the two appearances he has made already. I understand that by starting Moses, you lose one of the other three and that still doesn't include Marko Marin but we need natural width.

What do you people think? Am I way off here or is what I am talking about making some sort of sense and you can see exactly what I was looking at on Saturday?


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  1. True. Id like to see Moses and Marin on the wings with Mata/Hazard playing the number 10 role. I think Oscar is capable of playing a Lampard-esque role further back, sending passes through to start off the attack. Of course that brings up what to do with Lampard. Im stumped.

  2. Yes you right. Moses should be given a starting role. He is very outstanding on the wings. Or he should be given torres role, he's more compactable.

  3. Yeah yeah i have bein waiting to see this guy getting into starting XI
    He is powerfull
    I want


    OSCAR playing in lampard position
    Or moses playing in torres position
    MARIN can also play as a wing when we found Moses in forward position

  4. As a huge chelsea fan, if Chelsea FC wants to be winning matches, the coach would need to make some changes to his formation. Sometimes I just feel that the coach has no clue of reading matches and selecting a proper formation. If I was to advise, I would play the following:





    The above will be my starting line up. After playing together for 6 matches, the above team will become a menace to any team, both in europe and england. I would like to know what other chelsea fans think of the above formation. Thanks.

  5. Cech
    Azpi - Terry - Cahill - Cole
    Marin - Oscar - Mata - Hazard
    Moses - Piazon
    Bench - Luiz, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Mikel, Torres, Hilario.

  6. I think what you're saying makes sense. We could use more width. If Moses or Marin or (hopefully soon) De Bryne hung out on the wing flirting with the offside line, they could terrorize defenders with their speed and skill. And that woulld open up space inside for Mata, Hazard, and Torres to wreak havoc.




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