‘Old’ Squad Has One More Shot At Holy Grail

Posted: July 29, 2011 by superjourno in Andres Villas-Boas, Chelsea, Kalou, Torres, Transfers, Youth

Have you been wondering why Chelsea’s new manager, Andre Villas-Boas, hasn’t said a word about signing a big name player before the start of the season? (Well, apart from a few words here and there about Chelsea target Luka Modric just to give reporters something to chew on). The squad at Stamford Bridge is quite capable of winning trophies and, by no stretch of the imagination, possess great individual players who just let their egos get the best of them when they were close to cutting the three point gap between them and rivals Manchester United last season under Carlo Ancelotti.

Take this bit of rant by Salomon Kalou at the end of the season, where some claim he lifted the lid of the squabbles in the Chelsea dressing room:

“Our players were preoccupied with finding out who was in the side and who wasn’t. This disrupted our progress,” Kalou said, according to The Sun

“It is better to build a team gradually than to bring in players who will pout and sulk.”

In case you missed it, the Ivorian was having a jab at Fernando Torres, who arrived at Chelsea in January after being bought for £50 million – to score goals. But Kalou doesn’t stop there. He goes on: “Our team is used to winning and when we end up losing, things become hard for us.”

For me, among other special memories of this club, that is proof enough that Chelsea, with the current crop of players and not a player more, are unstoppable. Villas-Boas isn’t worried. He might want to inject some youth into the team, as we have seen with pre-season matches, but any manager would be ecstatic to inherit such a team. Despite most of them being older than the gaffer and approaching 35. Look at this team.

1. Peter Cech – of the 38 league matches, you can bet on him getting a clean sheet in just over half those games.

2. John Terry – forever solid at the back when not injured. That’s a pretty solid defender when he is not facing personal issues.

3. Alex/David Luiz/Slobadan Rajkovic – only the last name is untested at central defence

4. Ashley Cole – We all know he is the best left-back in England, if not the world.

5. Jose Bosingwa/Branislav Ivanovic – I thought so.

6. John Obi Mikel/Michael Essien – These tough as soldiers midfielders have more than 10 seasons between them.

7. Frank Lampard – Last chance for Holy Grail.

8. Didier Drogba/Nicolas Anelka – Like Lampard they are thirsty, and have had enough of being called underachievers.

I could go on, but you get the picture. We’re full of geezers, but they can do the job. With a manger as obsessed with details as AVB, expect one hell of a season.

  1. Fani Ntlele says:

    I didn’t actually thought of it that way but I guess it should have been clear from the beginning, the way AVB was so hands on. He looked really committed from the word go. Yes, I agree with your views.

  2. I think a lot can be expected this season. Our geezers are tired of being labelled underachievers. AVB is the right manager to turn things around.

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