Chelsea: Possible formation/line-up for next season

Taken from Blog B724S

While most football fans have spent the last few weeks fascinated with Euro 2012, Chelsea have changed things at their club quite a lot. Didier Drogba left the club, while Roberto Di Matteo got the manager’s job on a full-time basis. Also, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard have both joined the latter costing £30 million. But where will these players fit in? I’ll give my insight…

Chelsea have not signed any defenders at time of writing, yet they have sold their Portuguese right back Jose Bosingwa. If Chelsea do not make any more signings this summer, I’d personally suggest for Branislav Ivanovic to fill in at right back, allowing David Luiz and Gary Cahill to fight for the right to be Chelsea’s centre back alongside club captain John Terry. Although Ryan Bertrand has shown some promise, Ashley Cole can be expected to be Chelsea’s key left back once again.

In midfield, I believe Chelsea should go with a three. John Obi Mikel improved arguably more than any other Chelsea player after Roberto Di Matteo got the job in March, so he could well be Chelsea’s permanent holding midfielder, much like Claude Makelele was all those years ago. Alongside the Nigerian, I believe the energetic Ramires will be the perfect player to compliment the defensive and assured Mikel.

Taken from Zimbio

Completing the midfield three, will be Frank Lampard who I believe can still chip in with quite a few goals. Due to his age, however, it is inevitable that Lampard will have days where he will be too fatigued to play.

In order to compensate for this, Chelsea will use new signing Marko Marin, whose dynamism and energy will help the team. Michael Essien, Raul Meireles and Oriol Romeu will be expected to also feature heavily, while Josh McEachran should go on loan as I can’t see him playing much at all. 

A club such as Sunderland or Aston Villa should be perfect for him and his playing style, while Swansea, where he spent half of last season may also work. New signing Oscar could also compete for a starting place in the midfield.

As for the front three, there will be plenty of competition for places. Eden Hazard has the potential to be Chelsea’s present and future. Some have even hailed him as the best young talent since Lionel Messi. His spectacular performances at Lille prove he’s more than ready to be one of Chelsea’s key players this season and for many more to come. So in my opinion, Eden Hazard should start Chelsea’s first few matches.

Taken from The Telegraph

Another talented young winger that Chelsea are fortunate enough to have on their books is Spaniard and recent Euro 2012 winner Juan Mata. Mata’s superb first season at Stamford Bridge where at times he carried Chelsea qualifies him as more than worthy of being a starter in most of Chelsea’s games this season.

One of the few Chelsea players who would have been happy to hear of Drogba’s departure this summer is Fernando Torres. Neither Drogba or Torres really secured their place over the other’s during the year and a half they played with each other. 

However, now with Drogba gone and Chelsea looking unlikely to sign any more centre forwards, Torres looks set to be Chelsea’s key striker with help from the talented youngster Romelu Lukaku, Daniel Sturridge and possibly Porto striker Hulk.

My Chelsea team to play Wigan (4-3-3)

David Luiz
John Terry
Ashley Cole
John Obi Mikel
Frank Lampard
Juan Mata
Fernando Torres
Eden Hazard

Written by Joshua Sodergren
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  1. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 21:12

    Nah deffinatly got it all wrong. Robbie will stick with 4-2-3-1 no doubt. Torres/Lukaku hazard/Marin mata/de bruyne Oscar/Sturridge Ramires/Mikel Modric/Lampard cole/Bertrand Terry/Cahill luiz/chalobah Ivanovic/maicon Cech/tunbull. Essien/Kakuta/piazon/hilario that should be the team for next year

  2. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 22:05

    Well said anonymous the bloke above you is talking utter shite and he calls himself a Chelsea boy ha what a load of old dribble shouldn't be aloud an opinion with crap like that get another job you prat

    • chelsealad1365

      July 12, 2012 at 15:59

      You clearly don't get the idea of an OPINION article. The whole thing was meant to be provocative and thought-provoking, no need for you to be like that.

  3. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 22:15

    Mikel lampard and ramiers…that was our problem last year no creativity no one putting those key balls through to torres…we need to sign hulk oscar would be wasted on the wing if we sign him…cech cole terry luiz/cahil iva give terry one more season max starting ramiers oscar/lampard as the double pivot hazard mata hulk torres…

  4. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 22:29

    Idiot marin cant play central as seen at his old club he should be on bench hazard on wing him as sub on rotation mata central with oscar as back up with de bruyne on right with ramires as rotation with torres sturridge and lukkaku interchanging, at cdm have mikel and lampard with romeu and merirles/ essieb as back up or sell merieles buy a better holding midfielder.

  5. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 22:50

    Lol my friend. Where are u in life? Don't u know that Chelsea are building the team around Torres? That's why we are seeing more little pacey attacking midfielders with flair being brought in to assist Torres with through balls. The formation will definitely be 4-2-3-1. Two holding midfielders to sweep infront of the back four and three attacking midfield playmakers to feed the lone striker upfront. I don't see a 4-3-3 formation being used because our attacking players like Mata,Marin and Hazard isnt good tacklers with their lack of size..meaning the high line in defence will be suicidle.

  6. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 22:54

    If that was to me i was meaning 4231.

  7. Anonymous

    July 11, 2012 at 23:27

    4-2-3-1…. And i think D.Luiz should be moved to central midfield….then we have a Cahill and Terry partnership at CB….

  8. Anonymous

    July 12, 2012 at 00:44

    I would prefer having sexual relations with So Dike names Christie then trying to predict Chesea Starting 11 for next season…

  9. fahad

    July 12, 2012 at 02:28

    Mata will not be there due to the selection on Spanish Olympic team

  10. fahad

    July 12, 2012 at 02:28

    Mata will not be there due to the selection on Spanish Olympic team

    • chelsealad1365

      July 12, 2012 at 16:01

      Yeah, hopefully Mata will have a flying start

    • chelsealad1365

      July 13, 2012 at 15:54

      Sorry, hopefully Hazard will have a flying start

  11. Anonymous

    July 12, 2012 at 03:31

    oh my God! Chelsea has no choice than to win d league. Lot of super young and experience players. I will love mr genius Di Matteo to use 4231 with, Cech,– Cole, Terry, Cahill, liuz/Invanovich,– Mikel, Ramires,– Hazard, Mata, Sturridge,– Torres. Top three substitues, Marin, de Bruye, rotation 4 Sturridge, Lukaku 4 Torres, Essien and Romeu for Mikel. Invanovich and Luiz rotations in every game. Put in super Bertrand in place of Cole sometimes to gain experience. Oscar and Lukaku share rotation with Torres and finally, Kakuta 4 Lampard or Oscar. Fantastic Chalobah fit in for any defender.

  12. Anonymous

    July 12, 2012 at 06:19

    Think if chelsea are to play an attacking football then mikel must be in d squad we need a holding midfielder that can cover the lines.we should be looking at a season opener without mata due to olympics and I don't think lamps will be too inbolved due to his age he should only play d key important matches just like makalele of old
    This should give room 4 d likes of ramires marin hazard oscar and also allow josh to proove himself in d early matches if I was d coach danny sturige won't b a part of my team as I ll emphasize on TEAM WORK

  13. Anonymous

    July 12, 2012 at 08:13

    chelsea still need 2 sign rightback & complete striker so pls sign dani alves or walker[spurs] and either carlos tevez, cavani,falcao or loan striker like adebayor,saha, defoe etc so dat attacking position will be great b/cos torres alone cannot strike 4 de season &lukaku cannot be trust due 2 his performance last season. i said dis b\cos injuries,redcards,suspension etc possible come next season.

    • chelsealad1365

      July 12, 2012 at 16:02

      I agree with you on the striker part, Lukaku's not ready yet

  14. Anonymous

    July 12, 2012 at 08:39

    Cech, Terry Cole Luiz and Ivanovich, Mikel Ramires Mata Hazard and Marin, Torres.
    Sub. Hilario, Cahill, Bertrand,Lampard Meireles if he stays, Essien Benayoun Lukaku Sturridge.

  15. Anonymous

    July 12, 2012 at 11:37

    For me starting line up had to be……
    Ivanovic. Terry. Cahill. Cole
    Ramires. Lampard
    Oscar Hazard. Mata

    And thats how it has to be with oscar and hazard switching throughout the game !!!!

    • chelsealad1365

      July 12, 2012 at 16:04

      I'm not sure about Oscar, he may need time to adjust to the epl style

  16. chelsealad1365

    July 12, 2012 at 16:49

    To everyone saying that it'll be a 4-2-3-1: I too think it will be but the whole point of me choosing to say it'll be a 4-3-3 was to give a unique opinion