Crash bang wallop and the title race has burst wide open, ones misfortune is another ones gain, and luck has been instrumental throughout this season, and possibly the key factor for the outcome of the title next weekend, but their were other factors we learned this weekend.
1) Goal line technology needs to be introduced.And the debate continues . . . After Chelsea’s victory on Saturday the focus and talking points were placed on the two controversial goals, and the reopening of the goal line technology debate. The fact is the topic is no longer a debate but merely another obstacle for football to overcome before looking like dinosaurs compared to other sports. Ironically, it was Lampard’s attempt for England at last year’s world cup that was not given, but it was his tame effort directed at Gomes that squirmed towards the line before confirmed as the equaliser.
The referees and assistants cannot be blamed for their guesswork, but it is the neanderthals at FIFA and UEFA who need to advocate the use of technology. Achieving an identical template of the game from grassroots through to the top level of football cannot be achieved and is a ridiculous blockade from Blatter and co to disable the possibility of moving the game on.
That said Harry Redknapp’s honest comments after the match were understandable and commendable. The assistant could not possibly determine if the ball had crossed the line, but it would have also been unfortunate and practical robbery had Chelsea not left with all three points, as their was only ever one team who wanted to win the match.
2) Drogba and Torres cannot play togetherSaturday’s game was extra confirmation that Didier Drogba (la la la la la) and Chelsea’s number nine simply do not gel together, not in this formation anyway. Drogba is pivotal to the momentum of the 4-3-3 formation because he holds the ball up, allowing the rest to form attacks, whereas Torres makes better use of the ball when played on the ground. This not to say they cannot play together, but the current system prevents them from combining, and a change of strategy needs to be ordered to incorporate Torres’ prowess.
Looking forward to this weekend’s crunch game against Man United, Drogba needs to be deployed in the heart of the attack with a choice of two wingers flanked on either side. Ancelotti realised this in the Champions League, but there is extra importance to keep the first 20 minutes of the game a tight affair, and a Drogba lined 433 allows us to do that. I suspect Torres will be a substitute which will lead in our favour if we need to chase the match, but Drogba to certainly to start, as he showed in the final half hour of Saturdays match, imposing himself when awarded a central position after Torres was hauled off.
3) The future looks bleak for Jose Bosingwa.And Paulo Ferreira for that matter. Oh poor Jose, very good attacking full back and sublime wing back, the problem is he cannot defend. His Chelsea career has be dominated and interfered by horrendous injuries, much to his disappointment as Ivanovic has taken to the full back position competently. He has taken to it so well in fact that neither Jose nor Paulo have been allowed to work their way back in, unless they are used for rotation policies.
Bosingwa’s lack of first team football has been solidified by his defensive displays when called upon. Signing a one year contract gives weight in evidence of a ploy to summon a transfer fee for him this summer. Paulo Ferreira’s case is a little more lightweight, as he is an experienced player with more time ticking on his contract. But with the inevitable reshaping of the squad this summer and with Ajax’s Van Der Wiel reported to be on Chelsea’s radar, it is foreseeable that both right backs will not be playing for Chelsea next season.
4) All we are saying is give youth a chance.The youth, the youth, the youth is on fire. The euphoria is positive towards the future of Chelsea football club, with the few appearances Josh Mceachran has made for the first team this season and the youth team’s performances in the youth cup. With some good players filtering through the ranks it is essential for their development that the youth are given a chance.
The problems Chelsea struggled with this season are a culmination of the shortening of the first team squad and relying on inexperienced youth players. The quality of our inexperienced players has never been denied, but equally it hasn’t been proven, and Daniel Sturridge is a fine example. Since the signing of Sturridge he was restricted to minimal chances and introduced at the latter stages of the game, but his regular appearances for Bolton has ensured he can impress when given the minutes and is a proven Premier League player.
Essentially, we also have Borini, Bruma, Van Aanholt and Kakuta amongst others who are finally given regular football and proving themselves and learning. Chamiponship football is obviously a different level, but at least they are marking the time at their respective loaners with impressive displays, which crucially means it is the overall benefit of Chelsea to either play our youth more regularly or loan the youngsters earlier than we normally do, that way when they are next called upon, they can be relied on.
5) Fergie is just trying to outdo Mourinho.“We’re not going to get the decisions in these big games, I’m afraid”. Poor old Fergie, worrying over next weekend’s game because of the conspirators against the big red machine. Ferguson commented about the injustice after the defeat to Arsenal. In fairness, he did concede that Vidic’s handball should lead to a penalty, before conferring that he, nor the linesman and referee saw it, and only Van Persie did . . . Ah how noble of him. Of course, conceited Ferguson also failed to mention the red card that would have followed had a penalty been awarded, seeing “Vida” ruled out against Chelsea.
Instead, he warbled on about his hard done-by side, inspired by the Special Ones midweek antics. He regurgitated the same jargon about the Blues always getting a decision our way, just like last season when Dider Drogba was offside at Old Trafford. Again, what Fergie failed to announce, along with all United fans when reflecting last seasons clash, is Macheda’s illegal handball goal, coincidence?
The conclusion to be drawn by Ferguson and his perceived tyranny against United is the placement of pressure on the referee against the interest or favour of Chelsea. The match is going to be tough exacerbated by the fact United get away with murder at Old Trafford (I would provide examples but the list is too long). Watch this space, there is a sneaky feeling a clanger of a decision will be made.