Azonto Epistles 2: A Reality Check
|Azonto Epistles 2: A Reality Check|
The honeymoon is over, the fantasy game has ended and we have been given grace period thanks to the infamous international break. Chelsea unlike many clubs has special divine favour from God maybe it is because we are The Blues and the sky is what…? When the international break reared in its ugly head in a period when we were cruising to victory, a period when before every match you could bet comfortably that Eden Hazard would get an assist, we will earn a penalty and Ivanovic had even started to contemplate on challenging Torres and Lampard for top scorer. We had managed to forget that we conceded three(3) goals against City and if City’s keeper had not gifted Bertrand a second goal, it would have been a humiliating defeat but who cares when it is “only a Community Shield” as if we went into the game to lose since it was “only community Shield”. Maybe Reading gave us a glimpse of what awaited us at Monaco but we failed to heed to the warning since at the end of the 90 minutes the score line was a flattering 4-2 win. So we were made to wake up from our sweet dream by a hardworking Athletico Madrid side that was so “tactically discipline” and followed their manager’s instruction to perfection according to Diego Simeone their manager. But this is not the time to press the panic button and that is why I have come to the understanding that Chelsea is a favoured club and this long break could not have come at a better time for our team. It is a time for a reality check and a deep soul searching by the entire team and of course Roberto Di Matteo.
ne described it as “horizontal passes”. The obvious problem with Lampard is not about giving exquisite passes but his penchant for going forward so much that he abandons his defensive duties and in the end, we mostly end up playing 4-1-4-1 or even 4-1-3-2 (where Lampard becomes a co striker). The problem with this is that our attacking force with Hazrad, Mata and even Torres who offer very little defensively leaves us seriously prone to counter attack and any good counter attacking team like United or Atletico Madrid can tear our team apart and disgrace us. So how do we deal with this? We have Romeu, Ramires, Mikel, and Lampard while some even add Oscar (although his presence in the deep-lying will only leave us with the same Lampard problem in my opinion) who can play in the double pivot but I know they all have question marks on them. So who will you rely on in the two-man holding midfield role?