CARLO ANCELOTTI :
King Carlo, as he was fondly known amongst the Chelsea faithful, moved to Chelsea from AC Milan, where he had a legendary status associated with him. He brought the famous Ancelotti diamond with him. Chelsea were romping to huge victories early on in the season, but when teams started deciphering the diamond, Chelsea had no answers. That brought the famous winter slump. Ancelotti, though half-heartedly, reverted to the 4-3-3 shape, from where on Drogba, Malouda, Anelka and Lampard had a dream season as Chelsea coasted to the domestic double, winning the FA Cup and the Premier League titles.
Next season, things looked good for Carlo, until the committed one of the biggest transfer blunders of all time. No, it wasn’t signing Ramires or my beloved David Luiz, it was the signing of Fernando Torres for a sum amounting to over GBP 100M over five and a half years including wages. Under pressure to play him and get him firing, Drogba was relegated to the bench. Ramires failed to provide much impetus as well having just been brought in, owing to acclimatization issues. The season never got back on track for the Blues, as they lost out to United for the League title. What shocked the Chelsea fan-base throughout the world was that, Carlo was given the firing order right in the tunnel after the game ! A manager of his status should have been given more respect than that. But by then he had immortal status among the fans as he led the Blues to the domestic double and his eyebrow did amazing things.
During the course of his two year stay, he led Chelsea in 109 games, winning 67, drawing 20 and losing 22. This record was good enough considering he had to bear with a non-firing Torres as a striker. Some suggest he was not the man who could supervise a transition, which was impending. These suggestions surely carry some weight, as the average age of his Milan team shows. But the manner in which he was fired….DISGUSTING !
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS :
If Ancelotti wasn’t the person to oversee the transition, surely it had to be Villas-Boas. Only in his 30s, leading Porto to an undefeated season including a Europa League triumph, he had to be the man. Roman forked out over GBP 13M for him as compensation to Porto. Suddenly Chelsea had the manager everybody envied. A sexy manager whose touchline antics and usage of made up words in press conferences gave him a larger than life image ! But would the results reflect the outlay on him? Chelsea started off tidily, but as the season progressed, the seniors in the team started to question him and his tactics. He gave Lampard and Drogba the cold shoulder and upon putting in a transfer request, he relegated Anelka and Alex to secluded training.
Had his results backed his methods, things would have been better for him. But under his management the club looked set to lose out on Top 4 and get knocked out in the CL at the hands of Napoli. His record is by far the worst of a Chelsea manager, winning 19, losing 10 and drawing 11 of his 40 games in charge.
Even the pie, which doesn’t have even a pi radian of blue, is a measure of AVB’s poor show.
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