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Is Di Matteo the Right Man?

After sacking of Portuguese Andre Villa-Boas as the Chelsea manager, interim coach Roberto Di Matteo has brought that lost belief back to the hearts of the blues.


Since his take over, Roberto Di Matteo has managed 6 wins, 1 defeat and 1 draw in 8 games in all competitions. Having a 75 winning percentage, taking us UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and one step close to the Semis, also in FA Cup Semi-final at Wembley. All this has just been a great achievement to what has proved to be a disappointing season so far for Chelsea.


Di Matteo’s tactics;

Squad Rotation Tactic
Now they call him “The Rotatovator” due to the tactic he uses of rotating players, so far the tactic has proved to be working and bringing good results. The importance of this tactic is that it helps to keep each player on form hence it improves team performances week in and week out.


Di Matteo says: “I just talk to the players, give them my opinions and explain the reasons behind my team selections”


Maybe the reason for AvB’s failure at Chelsea was that, when he tries to give out his opinions and explanations – the elder players don’t even listen to him due to the fact of Age difference, no one knows exactly.


Players Torres, Kalou and Mikel, are now on-form players and most important players in the team, playing week in and week out.


Fernando Torres – I say he is back, the El Nino is back!!! 3 goals and 4 assists in the last 5 games. He has now developed the belief and he more of a confident player, his perfomances get higher and higher each week. With such a form, we expect goals to rain from our big man.


Di Matteo on Torres: “I have always said it does not matter who scores, and Fernando has been providing goals for his team-mates, its great that he is scoring as well”


He is likely to be in Spain’s squad for Euro 2012 tournament and as Spain coach Del Bosque said: “If Fernando improves his form, I will select him for the Euros”.


Kalou and Mikel among the players whose futures at chelsea have been a concern, still they have been improving on daily basis. They have both find their places in the first team playing match to match, included in overall Chelsea’s top performers so far.


Kalou is out of contract at the moment, the rumors say “Kalou wants to play in the central role, or else he will be forced not to renew his current contract”.

The central role is occupied by on form Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba, in order for Kalou to get his place on the team and keep on his brilliant form, he has to hang on as Wing forward to secure his place in the first team. Ac Milan and Galatasaray reportedly to be linked with Kalou, who could be available on a free-transfer in the summer.


Mikel has completed 833 of 910 attempted passes (91.54%), his best at the club. He lost his place in the first team but now he is enjoying playing match to match, Mikel has been a solid player in our midfield and his presence makes it more stable. Rumored to join russian side Anzhi managed by Guus Hiddink (Former Chelsea Coach), but at the moment he is not going anywhere.


Back to the question, Is Roberto Di Matteo the right man?
1. Coach to Player Relations.
A good coach is the one who has good relationship with his players, the one who speaks and his players listen a respond positively.


2. Manager tactics.
His tactics are working at the moment, rotating the players and keeping them in firing form. And bringing good results.


3. Objectives.
His objective is to put the team in a Champions league qualification position, currently seems difficult. But as we continue to win our games, it will be secured. On the other hand, he is in a position to lead the team in Fa cup and Champions league glory. Something that may look impossible, but all he needs is to give the team maximum belief and every thing will be possible.


Have a productive day and always be carefree.

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Pre-season Begins | Italian Old Lady Bids For Mikel| Modric Heads For Spurs Showdown Talks

Morning Blues.  Today, pre-season preparations for our squad begin at Cobham. The squad will train with Villas-Boas for the first time; they will also undergo a series of medical tests to monitor their health and fitness levels. I am glad our Blue Army are back in training; it has been tough living without them for so long. Watch Chelsea TV or visit the official Chelsea website to keep up to date on day 1 of pre-season.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Chelsea is ready to sell Mikel to Juventus for £15m. Daily Mail claims that we are chasing Michel Bastos to pave the way for Zhirkov to leave the club. I am going to take the Daily Mail’s stories with a pinch of salt. The reason is Villas-Boas is in charge of the transfer activity at the Bridge; Villas-Boas wants to monitor his players during pre-season, watch the gaps before selling or buying new players.  If Villas-Boas after examining the squad believes Mikel should leave, I will have no problem. The only thing is that we have to sign his replacement before we let him go. City, United and Liverpool have all strengthened their squad. We should seek to add more quality players before we even consider selling. For now, the Mikel to Juventus story is just pure speculation. Let us hope it remains that way. Concerning the Mail’s Bastos replacing Zhirkov story, I will have no reservations if it happens. Zhirkov has probably spent more time in the injury room than on the pitch for Chelsea. He is yet to show returns on the money we spent on him. For now, Bastos replacing Zhirkov story is also pure speculation. Villas-Boas has employed new fitness and medical personnel at Chelsea; let us hope Zhirkov remains fit throughout next season.

Yesterday, I wrote we should expect more developments on the Chelsea-Modric transfer saga. According to Skysports Modric will meet with Spurs chairman Levy this week to discuss his future. There are two possible outcomes of the meeting; first is Spurs will offer him an improved contract and then lie that they will make some quality signings this summer. The second is that Spurs will cave-in and sell him to us for a region between £22m-£30m. Let us hope for the latter.


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Lessons From Britannia

What did you think of our draw against Stoke? Did we deserve a win, draw or loss? I asked fellow Blues these questions after the Stoke game.    Some Blues felt we deserved the draw and some felt we deserved to lose.  A few Blues felt we were unlucky not to have won. In my view, we deserved the draw only because of the excellent saves Petr made that day.

Although you might want to burry this Stoke game in the past and move on, it is important we draw some lessons from it. These lessons may help us against United this coming Wednesday.

  1. No Time for Drogba-Torres Experiment: Since the arrival of Torres, Carlo has been trying to find a way to make him gel with Drogba and the rest of the Chelsea team. So far, it does not look like we are making headway with the gelling process since we are still waiting for Torres to score his first Chelsea goal. We have reached the stage of the season where there is no room for experimentation. Carlo has to decide between Drogba and Torres. If I were Carlo, I would stick to the tried and tested Drogba who also recently scored.
  2. Essien: As you know, our Bison missed significant portions of our recent seasons through injury. Every time Essien returns from injury, he performs miracles because his legs are fresher than that of his mates. Essien is not used to playing as many games as he has played this season. As a result, Essien is experiencing a natural drop in form. I suggest we play Mikel against United, as he should be fresher and in a better shape than Essien.
  3. Malouda: The man needs a break. He started this season firing and has been involved in many of our goals this season.  However, the long season seems to have taken its toll on him; this is evident in his drop in form. If we want the best from him soon, we need to rest him and play Zhirkov or Kalou in his stead until he is mentally and physically ready.
  4. Ramires: He is currently our most important midfielder. He builds our attacks and helps in defense. When Carlo substituted Ramires off against Stoke, we could not build any more attacks.
  5. Bosingwa: Since my previous post on Bosingwa, the man has done little to inspire me to believe in his ability. I just hope he does not make any costly mistake in our upcoming match against United.

If there is anything, you learnt from the Stoke game that you want to share, please feel free to post it in the comments.

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