I know SAF at MU said he was always fond of utilizing 'a passer and a runner' in midfield. It then occured to me that by using this philosophy, whilst employing a 4-3-3 (like Barca's) where you essentially have three diamonds of players, a defensive diamond, midfield and attacking diamond. Luiz and Hazard being the players that are the links between the diamonds. With all that in mind, what do you guys think of this formation in action?
The idea is you can bring out the best in Luiz, by letting him move forwards (Although I'd love to see Romeu grow into the Makalelee role) and you can allow Hazard to play in the hole, Marin out on the left wing and Hulk on the right, all where they are comfortable. Mata is sweet with his passing and movement, so he would compliment the 'runner' Ramires in midfield. He could essentially grow into our Snieider, making those killig passes forward from deep in midfield.
Would love to hear others opinions. Very excited about the new lineup and actually, despite the talk of Hazard and Hulk, and most excited about Marin.
Proffessional_Ameteur_REDvery little defensive cover... Unbelievable as it may seem following his champions league performances - but I can see ramires being squeezed out next year. I'd be surpised if there was a formation where all these players could be accommodated for without loosing defensive integrity. Perhaps with a proper CB/DM (Mascherano/Busquets) type player it could work, but Luiz would struggle I feel.
nvrBuying Hazard when they had Mata was a bit wasteful Chelsea, but hey, the crazy Russian has deep pockets. Proffesional_Ameteur_RED is spot on, too little defensive cover in midfield.
armani hope hulk does not join us he is too overrated ! and btw where is lampard??? without him our mid-field is nothing and cahill ?? he is not that bad either? i would play torres and sturridge up front. and mata,hazard on the wings !
I'd rather not see Hulk join up this year as well because we've already got so many great young attacking players. What I personally want to see is if Kevin De Bruyne is given a chance along the left wing. From what little I have seen of him, he can be a deadly threat with the way he puts in crosses and distributes the ball. He and Hazard could give defenders nightmares. Also, I included John Obi Mikel in my side as the CDM as nvr pointed out. He fits in well with this side as he's still rather young (wanna say he's only 25) and is still getting better as he gains experience. And as much as I like Essien, I think we should try to sell him in January. The only problem is who would be willing to take on someone who is so great when he's playing, but so injury prone as well?
Though question...what is up with all the young Begians on the side? Last year we got Lukaku and Courtois, now De Bruyne and Hazard? Not complaining one bit as these are all great players, but I'm just pointing it out.
@arman - I've decided to take Marin and De Bruyne off this side to put Lampard and Ramires on, as well as David Luiz for Cahill. The good thing about David Luiz is that he's like Ivanovic and can play right back as well as center back.
On this side, it'll all start with Hazard. He'll have plenty of options by moving into the center of the pitch, where he can distribute the ball to a number of guys charging in...or he can attack the final third himself. Marin and De Bruyne can provide a spark off the bench, and you can bring in Meireles to shore up the midfield, or Sturridge and/or Lukaku for Torres up front. Any way you look at it, this Chelsea team as a whole is loaded in the midfield and attack.
fatpapasMata playing in a "defensive" position dont do that, Mata plays very well close to strikers like a number 10 or a fake 10 who goes to the flanks, you could play like City in a 4-2-2-2 with Hazard and Mata being the Fake 10's going to the flanks, and Ramires doing what Yaya Toure does as Centre Midfielder