|What Must Di Matteo Change?
Roberto Di Matteo has certainly enjoyed his time as a player and coach at Chelsea Football Club. He’s won a trophy as a player and trophies as a coach. He’s had some wonderful tactics and results to boost Chelsea to greater heights, but the performances haven’t been the best. What must the Italian change to prolong his tenure at Chelsea and make the club succeed? In my opinion, he must do the following :
1. Change his tactics to be more offensive
2. Master squad rotation
3. Keep Torres’ confidence high
4. Pick the best Starting XI for every game
1 – Di Matteo has played a 4-2-3-1 formation at Chelsea and it’s worked for the most part and given the club a new sense of “football swagger”. It’s a formation that can be offensive or defensive, Di Matteo has certainly chosen the defensive side to it and stuck to it. I think that him making it more offensive would make his time here more successful. If he, for example, decided to hold possession and use the creativity of Hazard, Mata and Lampard to dictate the match, we could be the best in England. While we look on pace to be the “Kings of England”, our performances in the defensive tactics have been below par. Against Wigan we got off to a flying start, but stalled from then on. Didn’t dictate the match and just sat behind more often than not. Against Reading, another quick start, but we began to sit back and we were forced to climb our way back into the match. Against Newcastle, a pair of goals in the 1st half and then some sloppy defending with a lot of sitting back could of cost us a clean sheet or even the points. Against QPR, we never commanded the game after the start of the game. We sat back and went along with the match, especially in the 2nd half.
2 – Master squad rotation. Squad rotation is something that many managers at top clubs have to deal with. RDM must realize who needs a rest and who needs a start. Playing the full XI against Wolves in a League Cup match is a bad decision, but playing a diverse squad against Wolves would sublime. Playing the best XI in a match v Stoke (at home) before a trip to United would be another poor decision. Playing a diverse XI v Stoke before a trip to United would be great. We must realize what players are in our 2nd lineup and what players are in our 1st lineup.
1st lineup (for EPL’s, CL’s, FA Cup’s Bigger Matches) :
Ivanovic Cahill Terry Cole
Moses Hazard Mata
2nd lineup (for League Cup) :
Azpilicueta Luiz Chalobah Bertrand
Marin Oscar Piazon
Those are the lineups I would use for the bigger matches and for the weaker matches. Something similar to those, at the least.
3 – Torres runs off of confidence. When it’s high, he is fantastic and is unstoppable. When it’s low, he looks poor and uninterested. Di Matteo must make sure that Nando is enjoying himself on the pitch and we will see more goals and assists from our Number Nine. This would mean starting him in big matches and motivating him to do well. The squad doesn’t revolve around him, but when you only have 2 strikers available, you need the offense to revolve around him.
4 – Di Matteo must pick the best squad for his biggest matches. He has to find the perfect back-line, the best DM combination and the best 3 attacking midfielders as well as striker. Finding the perfect squad can take time, but when found, it could mean an incredible Chelsea to take the pitch in the biggest occasions. He certainly has done this well and doing it again, this season would be immense. I think our best lineup would be :
Ivanovic Terry Cahill Cole
Moses Hazard Mata
What do you think Di Matteo should change? Should he change anything? What’s our best XI? I’d love to hear from you.
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