Change Of Formation Needed At Stamford Bridge?

Our home form is doing my head in but what’s more annoying than not being able to get a win at home is the fact that Scolari doesn’t have a clue what to do about it.

With just three wins from nine at home now, including another draw at home to West Ham yesterday, Scolari admitted “Yes it’s difficult. When we play here it is different than when we play away.  Away we have more space and we play more with the ball, maybe we are now thinking ‘this is not our home’ and we are not scoring goals, I don’t know what is happening.”

Er hello! Change of formation maybe?

For a start he left Drogba on the bench yesterday and went for a 4-5-1 when that hasn’t worked at home this season. I’m not suggesting he drop Anelka either because to be fair, he’s totally earnt his place but the point is, Anelka does better in the games away from home because he relies on his pace. Away from home we’re up against teams who have to give us a bit of a game, so it’s faster, more open football and that suits Anelka. At home though, probably because of ‘that record’ the opposition have learnt how to play us, they put men behind the ball and shut us out. That’s where Drogba’s strength and physical presence are a must. Ok, we might have to revert to the ball over the top, but if it works, so what?

Whilst we’re on the subject of Anelka, where did he play most of his games last season and how effective was it? Yep, slung out wide with his chin dragging along the floor because he hated it and no wonder – he isn’t as good there, he’s not a wide player so why play him there?

On the second half yesterday even Scolari admits it didn’t work, stating “With [both Drogba and Anelka] yes, but also before because when they come on I lose my middle.” And yet he goes on to say “We need to train with that system a lot more because when we only have two forwards and one winger like today I play a genuine 4-3-3 for the second half [with Joe Cole used as a striker], but lose my middle – so it is difficult for me.”

So what’s wrong with 4-4-2 at home? Worth a try surely?

Kalou and Malouda are useless, so we’d have to rely on Bosingwa and Ashley Cole to do the business up and down the wings. Keep Mikel in front of the back four – for me he’s doing a steady job there this season. Then it’s a diamond formation with Ballack and Lampard either side and Joe Cole sitting behind Drogba and Anelka. I wouldn’t even bother with Deco in these home games unless Joey’s injured because he just doesn’t look up to it to me.

Defensively, we really need Ricardo Carvalho back because there’s no doubt about it, we’re weaker without him and god knows we’ve missed Essien this season. But for now at least, Scolari needs to address this run of bad form at home and sticking with formations that aren’t working isn’t the way to do it.

Your thoughts?

5 Responses

  1. Spot on, couln’t have put it better… midfield diamond with a Cole in the hole behind Drogba and Anelka. This is a position we know Joe loves to play in, being the playmaker he can be.

    Reminds me of the times when Franco plyed in that position behind Hasselbank & Gudjohnson – and that worked pretty well if memory serves me correctly!!

  2. I like it. Something needs to change and the formation seems the most logical.

  3. Agree completely.

    Bosingwa, Terry, Alex, Cole
    Lampard, Ballack
    Drogba, Anelka

    That’s probably our best team.

    I know the Adriano rumours are nauseatingly rife, but I really reckon he’d do well for us. And he’d be a left footed option.

  4. Excellent analysis!

    4-1-2-1-2 seems to be a good fix for our current home crisis. The only problem with this formation could be width. If opponents can stop the fullbacks from getting forward & we’ll be congested in the middle with no one to cross from outside. But still this system is worth trying.

  5. Like I said Darshan, we might well have to resort to hoofing balls over the top to Drogba. Its not pretty and I wouldnt want us to go back to playing like that too often, but we know it works and in games where we’re not given a lot of choice, sod it.

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