One notable name that played a vital role in the progress of Atletico Madrid last year is no more an Atletic player. Though there were a lot of individual brilliances in the team that came all guns blazing in a very short tenure, it is one guy who hit the headlines most of the time.
The Chelsea loanee looked rock solid in stopping any attacking force. He sent a message to every opponent who played against him that they have to labor hard to score past him.
More than the man himself, his form came in the right time for Chelsea. For years, Chelsea enjoyed the comfort of having Cech as a regular goalkeeper who is clearly better than a lot of keepers who made a mark in this decade. Just when it seemed that his tired legs cannot be very reliant, this lean man became a perfect replacement for him.
There is no point in saying that Chelsea is lucky in this case. The Blues are also a reason for Courtois to strike gold in the big stage. The cash rich club had clearly jotted a tactic which hasn’t been tried before. 26 players on loan for almost a sum of 100 million wouldn’t have come without a reason. It is appreciable that Chelsea is constantly having an eye on their strengths and weaknesses as this plot seems to be a solution of one of their biggest weakness.
Chelsea do not have enough players in their youth squad, or in other words, it is never easy for young and inexperienced legs to find a place in the line up that has Oscar, Hazard and Costa and justify their selection. So Chelsea goes on to buy young prospects who they think can be future stars, loan them, watch their progress keenly, and then bring them back when the team needs.
While Courtois is back, there is Ginkel, Moses, Marin, Lukaku, Bertnard and Piazon who is proving that they are ready to wear Chelsea shirt and there is no doubt that they will come back sooner. Ancelloti has to take a leaf from Mourinho in this loan tactics as Real Madrid is another club who do not have a proper youth squad.
However all of these loanees are future prospects and what is very important is the eleven who Jose is going to field this year. The current Chelsea team sheet is better than many top teams at present. Every name in the team can give an awe experience to the blue fans whenever they see it.
One of the mot settled and biggest asset for Chelsea is their full back pairs. Azpilicueta and Ivanovic pair is one of the important reasons for Chelsea’s good run last season. The advantage of both these player is that they can equally support their wings and move forward as they are in defending. Ivanovic’s name even feature in the goal scorers list often which is a very good sign for Chelsea. Jose does not have a need to bother about these two in the back four though he may not be sure with the other two.
Offloading Luiz is one of the best move by the special one for Chelsea. The aspiring Brazil CB is good and energetic but he is not mature enough to anchor a team’s defence of Chelsea’s ranks. Mourinho is not going to regret for his transfer even if his new central backs fail. But he will have a little worry that he did not bring in a new one.
The other two transfers of Chelsea were more than decent ones too. Costa who seemed out of form when he played for Spain did not took any time to start scoring for the blues. He has the cushion of some of the best midfield players behind him and yet he has to convert the chances to prove his worth which he is doing with ease.
Fabregas signing is one signing that raised a few eyebrows in the Stamford Bridge. Most of the people believed that the transfer is a part of teasing a north London club. But after Cesc started for Chelsea, it is pretty sure that Cesc is a part of Mourinho’ plans. He showed what experience can do in midfield with some mind blowing assists.
The Blues already have a Belgian who is doing that for Chelsea more often and two Brazilians who are pure class. It is tough to pick the best midfielder among these four though Mourinho’s preferences will have the two Spaniards at front.
The magician Oscar is a bundle of skill that is yet to be unleashed completely in Chelsea. Willian too is a player who can single handedly bring up a team’s hopes with his performances. But the good thing for Chelsea is that they can beat a lot of top flight teams without their performances itself.
With so much pace, elegance and magic in Chelsea’s midfield, Jose can be one proud man to write those names in the team list.
One area Jose wanted to strengthen from last season is his striking options. It is hard to believe that Chelsea played with Torres, Eto’o and Ba as their striking options last season. The special one is quick to correct himself from last season when he signed Remy, Costa and brought back Didier Drogba.
Those three are better than the former three but there is one more guy who is better than them. Andre Schrulle is another impressive player for Chelsea last season. The German is very accurate and dominant. Jose must use him ahead of the other three if he expects better score sheet.
The special one might prove himself again if he gives Salah and Matic more playing time and see them shine. Both of them have the potential to make it big but it is still a doubt whether Mourinho will consider their small names when he already has some big ones. We have to wait and watch whether they become the next Ba or the next Schrulle.
With everything in good shape, all Mourinho has to do is to organize them in the most productive way and make it count in the pitch. His Marshalls have to do well in the most important time, the 90 minutes to prove that the special one is right. Let us wait and see what they hold in the end of the season, empty hands or bag full of medals!
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