Coaching or recruitment to blame for Chelsea’s plunge?

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    It’s a proven fact that for all the wealth he is in possession of, business mogul Roman Abramovich lacks patience.

    At least in regards to the endeavours of his beloved FC Chelsea.

    Since becoming the owner of the west London club in 2003, Chelsea has had nine managers to date and the club recently earned the uncanny distinction of being the first defending champion in Champions League history to be knocked out in the group phase.

    And with that, the man who won the club its first Champions League title earlier this year, Roberto Di Matteo, was unceremoniously given the sack. So what might have gone wrong at Chelsea and was Abramovich right in giving Di Matteo the boot?

    For starters, why did the management splurge money on not one or two but three attacking midfielders who all play in similar positions?

    Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin are quality players but when a player of the calibre of Juan Mata is still around, was it necessary to bring in the trio?

    Moreover, with pricey recruit Fernando Torres garnering a reputation of unpredictability, they should have sought the services of a couple of top strikers instead.

    Additionally, they should have brought in a defensive midfielder who could provide ample support to the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar.

    If they thought Jon Obi Mikel and Ramires would handle the job, they were so wrong because the team seems to be losing the ball far too often in the middle of the park.

    It’s hard to say whether Di Matteo was responsible for the signings or Abramovich.

    To make things worse, the presence and experience of John Terry and Frank Lampard was missing as the two veterans have been out of action due to injury.

    With the exit of Di Matteo, the appointment of public enemy number one Rafael Benitez as interim manager has led to widespread criticism from devoted Chelsea supporters because as Liverpool manager in the past, Benitez had always been scornful towards Chelsea and its fans.

    But the Spaniard adopts a business-like approach to coaching and time will tell whether his methods can revive the flagging fortunes of Chelsea.

    He needs to earn the respect of the players before stamping his authority and for that to happen, one of his first tasks is to strike a good rapport with senior players such as Terry, Lampard and Cech.

    No matter how loathed he is by the fans, Benitez is tactically astute. With reasonable success in Europe with different clubs, he does have a way of bringing the best out of his team.

    Liverpool’s magnificent comeback from 3-0 down in the memorable 2004-05 Champions League final against AC Milan is testimony to his brilliance.

    However, if Chelsea continues to falter under Benitez, this season might prove to be a defining period in the history of the club for both the fans and the owner. Will Abramovich have the last laugh?

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    • Roar Pro

      December 11th 2012 @ 8:20am
      Justin Cormick said | December 11th 2012 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      Di Matteo and Ancelotti both made similar mistakes at Chelsea. Both lacked squad depth. Too many key players departed and insufficient replacements were brought in. So that when injury struck the team suffered. Their tactics were also questionable. RDM won the Champions League playing a specific style of football, and started this season off with another style. But when his team was in trouble, like against Juventus, RDM could not come up with a third system that would work. But at the end of the day I don’t think RDM should have been hired as permanent manager.

      • December 11th 2012 @ 9:52am
        k77sujith said | December 11th 2012 @ 9:52am | ! Report

        Agree with you Justin…RDM’s exit came as a shock though. I thought he did pretty well to bring the team together last season..the root problem is arguably Roman and his impatience..

        • Roar Pro

          December 11th 2012 @ 10:31am
          Justin Cormick said | December 11th 2012 @ 10:31am | ! Report

          Yes to rebuild a team like Abramovich wants takes time, but I guess he doesn’t understand that. Carletto at least lasted out till the end of the season. I was disappointed and so are many fans that RDM was treated like this after winning the UCL

          • December 11th 2012 @ 10:38am
            k77sujith said | December 11th 2012 @ 10:38am | ! Report

            I think rebuild is too nice a word to be used with Roman :). He’s not one to allow time to rebuild.

    • Roar Guru

      December 11th 2012 @ 10:48am
      Cameron Kellett said | December 11th 2012 @ 10:48am | ! Report

      Coaching, had a great start to the season and everyone was like HAZARD! now what?

    • December 11th 2012 @ 11:01am
      k77sujith said | December 11th 2012 @ 11:01am | ! Report

      Hazard has become a hazard :). But jokes aside, he’s a great talent and has been instrumenta in manyof the team’s wins this season…

    • Roar Rookie

      December 12th 2012 @ 11:06pm
      Neuen said | December 12th 2012 @ 11:06pm | ! Report

      Short Answer Didier Drogba. Long answer No Didier Drogba

    • December 13th 2012 @ 5:41am
      k77sujith said | December 13th 2012 @ 5:41am | ! Report

      Hi Neuen. Drogba is of course missed and hard to find someone who can replace him. Seems like he left at the right time though.

      • Roar Rookie

        December 13th 2012 @ 11:41pm
        Neuen said | December 13th 2012 @ 11:41pm | ! Report

        He was more valued than some would note. Playing 6 midfielders without a guy holding the ball up will make most of them ineffective in a match. Torres can’t hold a ball up. In fact he is terrible at holding the ball up. He is what one would have called in the old days a poacher. Problem with them are once they loose their speed they struggle to score goals freely like they did in their prime. Liverpool sold Torres at the right moment and made a huge lump of cash of it.

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