As if to prove that quantity is better than quality, here's Columnist Ed:
I’m guessing it was from a few inappropriate comments to the
boss man about his relegation zone performance in the firm's fantasy league, or
maybe it was that time I rubbed the top of his head at the firm holiday party
in a crude attempt to make a wish (I don’t know, it just seemed like it would
work at the time). But for whatever the
reason, I’ve been put on the Chelsea beat this week, so here are my comments on
a team that’s seemed somewhat dysfunctional so far.
actually nice to see that Chelsea remember that they are a good team this week
in their Champions League game against Valencia. They looked bigger, stronger, faster, and
more skilled than the Spanish side.
Except for Mata who merely looked more skilled. Mata is an interesting player. He’s so slow as to be a defensive
liability. He’s also small enough to get
shoved around a bit. However, he gets
the most out of what he’s got by being a very creative player on offense. I can see why he can’t get on the field for
Spain, and against good teams I think his skill is not enough. But he’s a nice player that has added a ton
to the Chelsea attack this year.
Fernando Torres behind him has definitely changed the tempo of Didier
Drogba. There were many times over the
past few years where he semed disinterested in the games he appeared in. In the game against Valencia, I saw a
statistic that nearly put me to the ground.
Drogba had run 3.83km in merely 30 minutes. I think he went months last year without running
that much. Plus, he sprinted with the
ball on a nice fast break, and put one in the net after a nice move in close
space. Drogba hasn’t lost any ability in
his age; it’s all a matter of desire with him as far as I can see. It would be a mistake to get rid of him and
keep Torres. It would be expensive to do
what they should do and get rid of Torres to keep Drogba.
is a game changer for Chelsea. While he
isn’t the best finisher, his speed and ball control help open the middle up for
Drogba. He’s a dangerous at wing or up
top. You can see why Bolton really miss
him, and why demands a spot in the starting lineup for England.
Cole just doesn’t rub me right. He’s
still a talented player, but he’s such a prima donna. Perhaps it’s from playing left fullback his
whole career – a truly unenviable position.
I don’t know, I’m just sick of seeing the disdain he shows on a constant
basis. You don’t have to do this,
Ashley, you may retire at any time and try something different. Really.
is a different player for Chelsea than he was for Liverpool. Often players make a bad choice when they
force their owners hand and leave a team.
For Meireles, the decision has been a good one. His athleticism makes a positive difference
for Chelsea in the middle, who with him and Sturredge and Rodriguez, don’t look
too old and slow to me.
happened to Nicolas Anelka? Time to let
him move on.
Luiz is a constant liabllity at right back.
He should have been sent off in his last match in the Premier League,
and constantly looks like he doesn’t quite know what he’s doing. I always think that the more your appear odd
or eccentric, the more you better produce some high level game or else you risk
appearing like a lightweight. What I’m
trying to say here is that maybe a haircut is in order.
Cech’s soft helmet has gone from goofy to over the top with the new nose
guard. It’s just hard to take him
seriously as an athlete with that thing on his head and face. But while he blew a game earlier this year,
he’s still got considerable game.
Villa-Boas has received too much criticism regarding this team. It’s simply too easy to beat up on the young
guy. Such criticism is largely, in my
opinion, cliché. Right now he’s still
forced to start John Terry in the back with the unreliable Ruiz. Terry can still play, but he’s not at the
level he used to be, and Luiz, well we’ve already reviewed his game. Without a solid back it’s hard to get it done
in the EPL. In light of the coaches club
in the EPL where the same coaches get hired over and over without regard to
their success – see e.g. Martin Jol, a jut-jawed individual who it seems looks
more the part than acts more the part.
AVB may not know it all yet, but it seems to me he’s closer than you
let’s talk Frankie Lampard. FOF likes to
give him the "Who’s Your Father?" at every
opportunity. But Frank still has plenty
of game and deserves the time he has out there.
Against Spain, only he and Scott Parker looked the part, with everyone
else struggling to retain possession even in those rare circumstances when
England has the ball. Frank often looks
unimpressive for large stretches, but then he always finds a way to be in the
right place at the right time to put it in the back of the net. Frank’s no longer a permanent starter on
Chelsea, and maybe it’s time for him to move to a different club that will
appreciate him more.
light of the injuries to Liverpool and the relative weakness of Arsenal, I
expect Chelsea to be either third or 4th this year, depending on
injuries to themselves or others. I
think their depth will allow them to come on in the season that remains,
especially with the players still trying to understand their new coach.
By the way, am I the only person
that thinks the Champions League anthem is a little creepy? Give European bureaucrats too much time and
space and all sorts of bad ideas pop out of their heads.
This is farlieonfootie for December 9.