Is Chelsea A Complete Team?
When Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle at the King Power Stadium, Terry’s roar showed how much this win meant to him and Chelsea. Goals from Drogba, Terry, and Ramires were more than enough to end Leicester City’s amazing run of form.
What an amazing season we have had this year. We lead the table with 13 points and haven’t lost a single game against the top 4 teams in the country.
The reason behind this success is a few changes we have made to our squad this season. The addition of Fabregas has proved crucial to our title surge. The Spanish playmaker complements Matic’s style of play in our midfield exceptionally well. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this combination as the best in League, probably even in Europe. The Matic-Fabregas combo has given Chelsea a perfect blend of strength and finesse in midfield. Matic has excellent positioning and is an expert in breaking up opponent attacks and shielding our back four. On the other hand, Fabregas acts as a bridge between the midfield and the attacking players with his range of passing and brilliant creativity. Moreover, we have Diego Costa. A bullish forward with some silky moves up his sleeve and a deadly finisher as well. If we had a player like him last season, there is no doubt that we would have been Champions. For now, our title celebration is all but a formality. All that is left to do is to watch our beloved club rule England once again, and plan for our title defense.
Matic and Fabregas have controlled the midfield in most matches. Hazard has been brilliant all season. Oscar’s pressing game and his contribution to our build-up play has been pivotal to our expansive style of football this season. Our back four has been solid and has conceded the least number of goals this season. In every aspect of the game, we have been excellent. Hence, the inclusion of 6 Chelsea players in the PFA Team Of The Year was no surprise. But these players also had dry spells towards the second half of the season. For example, Fabregas started the season with a bang but started to show signs of fatigue after Christmas. Oscar, Costa, and Cahill also had a dip in form in the second half of the season. Only Hazard has been consistent for us throughout the season, giving exceptional performances, day in day out. Though the Blues managed to grind out results despite the rough patches of the players, it is still a worrying sign for seasons to come.
To challenge for all domestic and European trophies, we need to be solid and consistent. Thus, we need to improve our squad further. We cannot afford to make major changes to our current lineup as this team knows how to win. On their day, they possess the ability to tear opponent defenses to shreds and play expansive, attractive football. Thus, we need a player who can come off the bench and make a significant difference.
The player needs to be technically gifted with decent pace and a couple of tricks in his bag. He should have a good range of passing and shooting with the ability to run his socks off. In other words, we need a player who has the abilities of Fabregas, Hazard, Matic, and Willian combined. A box-to-box midfielder who can score goals and provide assists for others from midfield when our starting eleven is not able to perform at their best. Cuadrado seems to fit these criteria, but he has not been able to hit the ground running yet. A player like Pogba, Gundogan or Reus would be a suitable addition to our already star-studded side. But such big names will not be content with warming the bench and will most probably demand regular first team football.
It is Mourinho’s job to find such a player for us. When Mourinho took over Inter Milan few years back, he lauded the acquisition of Wesley Sneijder as the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle for Inter. They went on to win the treble that season. And if Mourinho manages to pull such a player out of his magic hat again, we would have a first team that would play exquisite expansive football. In tough games, the player could come off the bench and change the whole dynamic of the game. This missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle will make our team complete. The team may not the perfect, but will surely be strong enough to aid us in our bid for both English and European silverware.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni