Mourinho made a mess of the tactics

Mourinho made a mess of the tactics

Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has suggested that Jose Mourinho got his tactics wrong in Chelsea's 3-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to PSG last evening. With Samuel Eto’o ruled out through injury, the Blues manager opted to start Andre Schurrle – who has played in wide areas for most of the season – as a centre-forward in the Parc de Princes with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba left on the bench. “I don’t think Schurrle playing up front worked,” Hoddle …
Mourinho eyes front line revamp

Mourinho eyes front line revamp

Following his sides 1-0 defeat away at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will revamp his Chelsea front line. After the defeat, Mourinho ruled Chelsea out of the title race for this season. Many will point to the fact that he chose to loan out Romelu Lukaku to Everton at the start of the season. Especially with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba both struggling for form and goals this season. "I don't think it's …
Manchester United will rival Chelsea in Cavani race

Manchester United will rival Chelsea in Cavani race

Edison Cavani is debating a Summer move to the Barclays Premier League and both Manchester United and Chelsea will be front-runners for the Uruguayan front man. The Paris St Germain's striker is considering his future and it is believed that the Premier League teams will go head to head for the £54 million pound man. Cavani's representatives are believed to be in London and plan to hold talks with potential suitors, Cavani has become unsettled due to not being played …
Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

They say attack is the best form of defence. Southampton certainly proved that old adage right, scoring a goal inside 16 seconds, partly through a defensive lapse in concentration from Michael Essien, and to a lesser extent, Petr Cech, but through Rodriguez’s rapid pressing from the off, a feature of Southampton’s game since the arrival of Pochettino, and this plan paid dividends immediately, Southampton’s all action pressure was rewarded, albeit with the help of a defensive lapse through Michael Essien. …
Is Time Running Out For Pardew?

Is Time Running Out For Pardew?

After a second straight Tyne-Wear derby defeat, the pressure on Alan Pardew is starting to increase at a rapid rate. Over the last 12 months Newcastle fans have been split on their manager, as the team continues to be extremely inconsistent. The same problems continue to arise and it looks like Pardew is completely out of ideas. The message coming out of Newcastle is that they want stability after so many managerial changes in the past decade but stability only …
Norwich 1 Chelsea 3 | Tactical Analysis

Norwich 1 Chelsea 3 | Tactical Analysis

Demba Ba replaced Fernando Torres for the visitors, the Spaniard serving his one game suspension for his sending off against Tottenham. Ramires returned to his more natural role alongside Frank Lampard in the double pivot. Juan Mata deputised on the right hand side in the Brazilian’s absence. Andre Schurrle retained his place in Jose Mourinho’s XI. Chelsea stuck with their now familiar 4231, and with the buccaneering runs of both Martin Olsson and Russell Martin, it is easy to see …
Will Mourinho Regret Letting Lukaku Go? Compared to Chelsea Strikers

Will Mourinho Regret Letting Lukaku Go? Compared to Chelsea Strikers

After seeing Romulu Lukaku terrorise the Newcastle United defence, Chelsea fans must be wondering why Jose Mourinho let him go out on loan when they desperately need a goal-scorer themselves. Their own strike force of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba has failed to impress so far this season as they have failed to score a single goal between them. Meanwhile the young Belgian striker has netted three times for Everton in their last two matches. If the Chelsea …
Chelsea v West Ham | Match Preview - Ba & Torres Stats

Chelsea v West Ham | Match Preview - Ba & Torres Stats

Having dispatched of Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League earlier in the week, Chelsea will be determined to keep the chasing pack sitting behind them in the Premier League at bay with a home win against West Ham on Sunday. That victory over the course of two legs against the Romanian club means they are into the last eight of the Europa League, in contention for the FA Cup as well as being a fairly strong bet to qualify in …
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