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Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 6:57:00 PM
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by kng zheng guan
Jose Mourinho is having selection headaches in his attempt to find the right team. – EPA Photo
TWO losses in a week is not exactly the best result for Chelsea.
Certainly, that is not how most Blues supporters would have imagined their club faring ... and it is only September.
But while it’s disappointing to say the least, it’s not exactly a huge cause for panic just yet.
Much has been made about Jose Mourinho’s failure to choose his best starting 11. Some even say he’s confused as to who to field for the matches.
And having too many attacking midfielders has clearly thrown the team into disarray.
But I for one beg to differ.
Mourinho clearly has selection headaches but that doesn’t mean he does not understand the squad.
Furthermore, it’s still early days in the season and with a near full-strength squad to choose from, it’s never going to be an easy choice, especially with not one player in outstanding form.
The manager is still rotating his options and it surely won’t be long before he gets it right.
What really bothers me though is the fact that the defeats to Everton and Basel came via counter-attacking play.
Chelsea, for so long masters of counter-attacking football, have now found themselves on the receiving end, which is just ironic to say the least.
We used to be the ones soaking up the pressure against the technically-gifted teams before hitting them with a killer blow and now that the roles have reversed, it’s a change the players are struggling to adapt to.
But it’s not all bad news because that is progressive football – learning from mistakes.
It’s also a testament of the fact that with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata and Willian and co, opposing teams would rather suffocate us in order to win.
Chelsea, however, are a team of winners and I’m fairly confident they’ll get over it soon.
For starters, getting a good result over next-door-neighbours Fulham would be brilliant.
We have not lost to Fulham in the last 14 EPL matches, and there is no reason why we would this weekend either.
While Mourinho may face another problem choosing his three attacking midfielders, anyone among Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Willian, Andre Schurrle or Kevin de Bruyne would pack enough firepower to finish off the Cottagers.
Our strikers just need to find the net.
Defensively, John Terry should get a start after the midweek break but personally, I think there is more security in going for a Gary Cahill-Branislav Ivanovic pairing and Cesar Azpilicueta at rightback.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, and a win, at any cost would be lovely.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan is glad that Mata and Marco van Ginkel both made the starting line-up against Basel. Surely more to come in the future.
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