Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview: Dropping Torres Is For The Best

By on May 7, 2011

Chelsea will be taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford in what could be the biggest match of Chelsea’s season so far. It will probably decide the future of Carlo Ancelotti as reports have suggested that the Italian could be sacked if he loses to Manchester United on Sunday. The stakes are quite high at the moment as both sides still have the possibility of losing out on the title. Manchester United are by no means home and dry, while Chelsea have little to lose. The situation is pretty simple for Chelsea, who can overtake Man Utd with any sort of a win.

Of all the worries that could potentially be on Carlo Ancelotti’s mind at the moment, the question that seems to be repeatedly fired at him has to be the striker situation. Does Ancelotti go for the pairing of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres, or does he stick with the 4-3-3 that has been so rewarding in recent matches? It was the biggest conundrum during the second-leg Champions League quarter-finals, but Ancelotti failed miserably with his decisions that time around. However, situations have improved since then; with Torres scoring his first Chelsea goal and Chelsea threatening once again in the 4-3-3 formation.

Ever since the Torres was dropped in favour of the 4-3-3, Chelsea have fared better. So, all eyes will be on Ancelotti and his team selection. Weirdly, he seems to have adopted the same strategy once again by saying that the team selection is not that important. However, it is the way that the team plays matters the most. You may remember that it was the same kind of reply and the response he got from the team that brought curtains to Chelsea’s Champions League aspirations this season. Nobody can doubt that Chelsea are much better than Manchester United on recent form, but a whole lot hinges on the team selection and formation. If Torres is paired with Drogba upfront in a 4-2-2 formation, then United do have the upper hand especially with Howard Webb refereeing the match.

On the other hand, if Torres is dropped in favour of the 4-3-3, then Chelsea could well overtake United on goal difference and thus their hopes of a 19th title. There is no doubt that Torres is a world-class striker, but this is just not the moment for experimenting or trying to get the best out of him.

Submitted by Chelsea FC Blue



  1. Basca-(Ug)

    May 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    All i see is Utd in glory again.
    It takes an “Alex” to become a “Sir” of football.

  2. jose

    May 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    on recent form chelsea failed to legitimately score against a poor Spurs Defense, I think unless the linesman has a game like last week united are safe enough. but then again, recently decisions on decidin the title have gone in Chelski’s favor, and as for the champion’s league, Ramires shouldn’t even have been on the field when Evra took him down, therefore balancing out.

  3. ciiiiidh

    May 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm


  4. gary

    May 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Chelsea have gained 12 points on Man-U this year, they are in the ascendancy. Their only fear at Old Trafford is a bad decision by an under-pressure referee. It could spoil one of football’s greatest comebacks.

  5. joseph

    May 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    manu to take trophy

  6. Timlos

    May 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Jose, Jose, Jose, Ramires should not have been on the field as a certain Rooney should have been in the match at SB. Tell you what, why don’t we have a no holds barred match like in WWF. Yeah right, NO REF. I’m sure you are scared of that as what would you do without a 12th man?

  7. swoffer

    May 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    not buying into that Ramires shouldnt have been on the pitch when the penalty should have been given. He was and it should have been a penalty. In the same way that Ramires should have been given his marching orders last week and Rooney should have been sent off for an elbow.

  8. takawira

    May 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

    man u all the way th etitle is ours this year.all i can see is untd in glory…..

    • Ikotun oluwaseun

      May 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

      No matter what formation chelsea use man u wil carry d day

  9. Shah Zina

    May 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    It appears to be all over now, as Manchester United are now up 2-0 on Manchester United after 24 minutes of play. Nothing but a win will do for Chelsea, who now have to score three goals while conceding none to get back into the English Premier League title race.

  10. Austen D'Souza

    May 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Chelsea will win.
    I don’t know how but they will.

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