Are Chelsea, AC Milan in disguise?

by admin

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Chelsea are preparing to face West London rivals Fulham tonight, and are looking to bounce back after they slipped to only their second defeat of the season, to Liverpool at the weekend.

The Blues are two points ahead of rivals United and further three ahead of the chasing pack, with Chelsea looking almost as dominate as last season.

Carlo Ancelotti has managed to stop Roman Abramovich’s ‘Apprentice style’ firing of anyone in the hot seat. However there is a sense of déjà vu regarding the Chelsea team that the Italian is creating – it is very reminiscent of recent AC Milan teams.

This can only be a good omen for Blues fans, as they chase their first Champions League title, with Ancelotti winning the coveted trophy twice with the Rossoneri during his eight-year spell.

A concerning matter for the faithful of Stamford Bridge is Ancelotti’s dependence on the older player and his ability to stifle youth players development. During his last campaign as the Rossoneri’s boss he used more than 13 players over the age of 30 in more than 10 matches, with Ronaldinho and Paolo Maldini both making more than 30 appearances each – only Brazilian duo Kaka and Alexandre Pato played more often.

The same sort of pattern is occurring at Chelsea as a majority of the starting XI is thirty or over, such as John Terry, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard and the in-form Florent Malouda.

Yes Chelsea have youngsters coming through the ranks such as Patrick van Aanholt, but lets not forget one of Ancelotti’s major signings this summer was Yossi Benayoun who is already the wrong side of 30.

There is no doubt that Ancelotti is a world class manager as he can turn a misguided team into European champions, however one side effect of this instance success is the years of regeneration needed to bring in the future set of world beaters.

In effect, Ancelotti has done what he was brought into do, win titles, not waste money on big name signings and create a sense of stability in the club.

But with their nearest rivals starting to invest in the future of the game, Chelsea could easily become a club for those in the twilight of their playing careers just like the AC Milan teams of the past few years.

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  • Mystical Mike

    excellent post, I’m not a Chelsea fan but I think Ancelotti has exactly the right blend for success.

    I wish Mr Wenger would follow suit

  • FootballFan

    Good article….. shame about some of the spelling

  • Shane G

    Good article, raises some good points, is a good length and is well balanced. Just to point out though that ashley cole is 29 and chelsea’s major signing was not benayoun, it was ramires and he’s only 23

  • Hemal Mistry

    Cheers for the feedback guys it is very much appreciated. I have tried to amend these problems. But thanks once again.

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