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Scolari Not To Blame For Backwardness
November 7, 2008, 5:23 pm
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Gianluka Vialli recently stated that Chelsea had gone backwards under Scolari, unable to beat the big teams. I will disagree with this statement, simply because I feel Chelsea had been on this slow decline for the last couple of years now, beginning with Jose Mourinho’s last days as Chelsea manager. Avram Grant may have taken Chelsea to the Champions League Final, but it didn’t hide the fact that Chelsea were not the same formidable team six years ago.

I think what Scolari inherited at the start of the season was a weakened Chelsea squad. Chelsea are still and will always be relentless in spirit and manacing on paper with the same group of guys around. The problem is that Chelsea’s become more stiff in the last few years with a sense of inflexibility in the middle and an apprehensiveness at the back. It’s no wonder teams are no longer seeing Chelsea as a dominant team. Take away Chelsea’s control over possession and domination in the middle and the team will struggle. Didier Drogba, who was once a vital part of Chelsea’s success can hardly stay fit. Meanwhile, there is also a huge lack of belief on the Chelsea youth that the team has had to rely on buying mainstream, mature players, whose talents are already diminishing – Deco, Mineiro, Belletti, Ballack, Anelka.

It is still too early to tell whether Chelsea are still capable of being champions. But the scary thing to think about is that in 3-4 years, Chelsea don’t really look well prepared in terms of replacements for Frank Lampard, Joe Cole or John Terry. The only real promising young star Chelsea have at the moment is Mikel John Obi, who has stood out as Chelsea’s jewel this term. Scott Sinclair has barely made any appearances under Scolari & Franco Di Santo still looks unqualified to even be in the first team. But of course he is only 19 yeard old and already being put under difficult situations with the vast number of injuries suffered this season.

Scolari’s job is simply to counter the backwardness that he’s inherited under this Chelsea team. He needs help from Peter Kenyon and Roman Abramovich to bring in a couple young, fresh and ready players to fill the roster he wants. However, Scolari needs to put more value into the Chelsea youth and spend wisely. The best options right now for Chelsea is to sell some excess players – Branislav Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira and even Didier Drogba in order to make room for guys like Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair who are constantly loaned out.

What I’m trying to suggest is that if Chelsea are really looking to move on from Mourinho, Grant, then they need to be truly willing to move on. And this means getting rid of some of those old aspects in order to start fresh before it becomes too late and everything falls apart. There is promise there for Chelsea, but right now they still need a couple more players that can really open up their attack & to bring that width that they need in order to have a more dimensional aspect of play.

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