Chelsea FC have completely mismanaged their midfield and will pay the price when up against a strong team who keep the ball well.
Letting go of Michael Essien and Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles isn’t looking like a bad move so far this season, but once the likes of Juan Mata and Torres get injured or too tired then Di Matteo’s transfer policy will look ridiculous.
This isn’t a sour grapes post about Chelsea, they have been very exciting to watch this season and have been compared to Barcelona on Match of the Day this season by Alan Shearer.
But surely, the likes of John Obi Mikel and the evergreen Frank Lampard surely cannot keep playing in such a demanding position for such a long and arduous season. Mikel is already under pressure for his place after a series of high pressure mistakes in the Champions League. Oriol Romeu is an adequate back up, granted, but is seen in Stamford Bridge circles as a negative remainder of the times when Lampard was dropped in favour of Romeu under Andre Villas-Boas’ ill fated tenure.
Chelsea have one of the most exciting attacking midfield’s in Europe, but if they can’t back it up with a decent holding midfielder then we can expect Chelsea to really struggle in the business end of the season.