I hope that David Moyes uses today's result to finally realise that our defenders do not trust the midfield enough to play through them? and on today?s tactics it was evident that David might have felt the same. All but one of our defenders are fully capable of passing the ball at International level? so what happened?
In front of the England manager, this was supposed to be the battle of the left-backs. Cole was awarded man of the match; Baines walked away with a loser?s medal and a scarf.
Guus Hiddink is a world-class coach who gave us a going away present. He exploited our right-hand side, overloaded our midfield and easily ripped up our playbook. Five minutes in and 1-0 up we were already out of the game.
We shouldn?t shy away from this defeat though, we should embrace it? study it.
Chelsea knew exactly what they were doing. For much of the game we were fire-fighting. The last 20 minutes was like school. We didn?t deserve to win!
So on defeat the talk goes back to billionaires ? which is a total cop-out. Everton is cut from a different kind of cloth and most £30 million pound players would destabilize our club, murder our philosophy and team spirit. Further, the transfer market can only get you so far? ask Benitez!
We have to work with what we?ve got! We have a couple of world-class strikers, a world-class defence and over the summer we need a midfield to match. I trust that David will do the right thing and inject pace, guile and vision into our midfield; however, I feel more is required.
Investing in a Champions League level, world-class coach would benefit both the youth team and the senior players. He wouldn?t cost much and would bring a wealth of experience and new ideas to our coaching staff.
His aim ? inject technical ability into our infrastructure, a new School of Science for the millennium (The Moyes Model). At the highest level, the world?s best managers bring in their own coaching staff to instill a new methodology to a failing brand.
For example, within 3 months under Scolari, Chelsea had a completely different passing and holding style than Avram Grant or Mouriniho. Further, Cappello?s coaches have totally transformed England?s playing style from Steve McClaren?s.
To become worthy of Champions League contention, we need to adopt a Champions League methodology. It is time for us to open the options box again and maybe next time it will be Chelsea?s time to stand and stare.
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1 Posted 31/05/2009 at 22:12:46
2 Posted 01/06/2009 at 07:42:49
3 Posted 01/06/2009 at 13:27:04
Fact of the matter is we were beaten by a better team with a far superior squad. Every one of the Chelsea bench would have been top of the list in our final starting 11. Unfortuntely, having immense team spirit and the best support in the world (no bias) doesn't win you trophies.
I agree a souless Russian billionaire may not be the answer, but we do desperately need some sort of financial investment. BK has his critics but nobody can deny that he doesn't have the club's best interests at heart, the man bleeds blue along with the rest of us. Virtually any other chairman would have sacked Moyes years ago, especially after the horrendous 03-04 season.
So yes, we are nowhere near the Sky-4 just yet but in the same breath we are nowhere near the dismal Smith years where cup finals, European games and pushing for Champions League places were only thought of by those in the rehab clinics who also saw flying pink elephants pass by the window.