Sunday, April 17, 2011

Carlo Ancelotti......"I love this club"

After what has been a disasterous week for Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti has remained adamant that his future will lie with Cheslea next season. Chelsea are almost certain to win no silverware this season after giving away a title lead, crashing out of all domestic cup competitions and ultimately reliquishing their semi final opportunity in the Champions League to Manchester United.

The Blues have also come to the realisation that the Fernando Torres transfer was probably unecessary or simply not thought out. There is no questioning that the Blues have the side to win every trophy they take part in, however it would seem that Ancelotti has lost the ability to handle the players at Chelsea, or at the very least develop formations which will be successful on the pitch.

Chelsea defeated West Brom 3-1 in the league this week, and although it was an inspired performance Torres failed to net yet again. The Spaniard being overshadowed by Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba who found the net but also played his part in ensuring the other two goals arrived.

So where to now for Chelsea? It would seem that the issue with Chelsea is not their attack or defence, but rather their midfield. Inspirational number 8 Frank Lampard may just be the problem. Because unlike Manchester United duo Fletcher and Carrick or Barcelona's Xavi, Lampard somewhat lacks the ability to hold up play in the midfield. Rather the Englishman likes to quickly move into attack and will likely take a shot a goal. The man has talent, however it is best served as an attacking midfielder in behind the strikers. Ancelotti can not expect Lampard to undertake such a role when there are other players on the market who can do a fine job at it

There have been rumours of a move for Claudio Marchisio, Eva Banega or Lass Diarra. All players capable of holding up play and allowing Chelsea to slowly build. Another advantage of signing such a player would be the ability for Lampard to slot in behind Torres and provide the missing link that is responsible for his poor form. Back at Liverpool Gerrard was the crucial link between the midfield and Torres, much the same Iniesta is in the Spanish national team. If Ancelotti can get this right he may just unleash the beast that is El Nino.

Until then Torres will continue to not produce goals and Chelsea will continue to fall just short.