This was another damning defeat for Chelsea, leaving them dangling by a soggy thread in the Champions League. With each passing post match interview RDM looks ever more like a naughty schoolboy. Rather than come out fighting, Di Matteo cuts an increasingly lonely, defeated and feeble figure.
Chelsea spent more than any other Premier League club in the summer and they consequently boast one of the best squads in Europe. But the coach seems unable to manoeuvre his charges in a way that can positively affect the outcome of pivotal matches. Chelsea can look marvellous going forward but it’s hard to remember a time when they appeared less solid at the back. John Obi Mikel suggested, after the match, that Chelsea were attacking as a team but not defending as one.
Rumours in various news outlets this morning imply that Roman Abramovich may look to change his manager yet again. Abramovich has apparently ‘sounded out’ Rafa Benitez in an attempt to stop the rot and bring greater ridigity and a more robust shape to the team.
The style of the two managers could not be more different. RDM is made in the mould of Pep Guardiola – a coach who believes that attack is the best form of defence.
Benitez, on the other hand, is the ultimate pragmatist. The master of the 1-0. The strangler of big games. If he were to come to the club it would surely represent an abrupt U-turn in the Chelsea ethos. Roman Abramovich seemed hellbent, in the summer, on evolving Chelsea into a breathtakingly beautiful team to watch.
It’s hard to imagine Rafa wanting maintain this brand of liberal, cavalier and attacking football, so Roman is either scrapping the new method altogether or planning to employ Rafa as a stop gap for Chelsea until someone like Pep Guardiola agrees to take over at The Bridge.
With this latest news, Chelsea fans will be asking themselves if they would prefer to be winning ugly or playing the sort of exhilarating yet more risky football that we have seen from them so far this season.
So, Chelsea fans, let’s discuss….
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