Azonto Epistles 3: RDM AND CHELSEA’S BEST ELEVEN
|Azonto Epistles 3: RDM AND CHELSEA’S BEST ELEVEN|
On Wednesday, Chelsea’s quest to mount a credible challenge to defend the most coveted trophy in European football, the Champions League begins with a tough battle against the Italian Champions and one of the most respected European clubs Juventus (The Old Ladies of Serie A). It was in such tough cup competitions that RDM and the old guards of Chelsea rose to the occasion and always stood to be counted. However the leader of the old guards, the legendary Didier Drogba and some others who contributed all the way to the glorious day of 19th May at the Allianz Arena are no more or if there, (like Malouda) has been banished to the reserves. In place of that team are an amazing group of young talents who are hungry for success, have been acquired by the club. Our performance in the league can hardly be described as bad since we are on top of the league but thanks to Atletico Madrid, we are fully aware of what await us in Europe and so we can’t be deceived by our position on the League table. The headache for many managers who have a good number of quality players is how to get their starting eleven right and RDM’s recent team selection has shown clearly that he may be suffering from this syndrome. Not only does he seem to be having problems with his starting eleven but his use of players like Bertrand and especially Ramires on the wings seem to be backfiring day-in-day-out and has become the growing concern for many Chelsea fans. “Azonto Epistles” want to ask who our best eleven are and how do we play our best eleven?
shown that he is so confident that he doesn’t fear to take on defenders, outpace them and shoot at the least of opportunity. His performance last season especially before the exit of AVB was outstanding and at some point he was the player who could make something happen for our team any time he had the ball at his feet. If Sturridge had been playing for another team he would have commanded a huge price which I know we would have been linked to him. The issue is that, Sturridge is one of our best five (5) players in the team and we need to utilize his talent in our starting eleven. If you ask me to compare Torres and Sturridge, I will say the difference is in price tag and maybe experience which Torres has over him and nothing else. Against City in the Community Shield, Torres scored but the few minutes Sturridge spent, he made the best of it; it was the same against Reading, Atletico and QPR. It comes back to the question of how do we get the best out of our best players? Torres and Sturridge do not need to compete for position if our team will be better of playing the two together and that is what RDM is paid to do. He needs to sit up quickly and fix it whiles he has the chance to. “Time and tide wait for no man”