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AVB – Drop Bosingwa, Sign Gary Cahill & Play Romeu

When a top team scores three goals at home they are expected to win the points. Any team that concedes five goals at home means that something is dreadfully wrong!

When a top team scores three goals at home they are expected to win the points. Any team that concedes five goals at home means that something is dreadfully wrong!

Chelsea haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet all season and their defence doesn’t look capable of doing so any time soon. Virtually every Chelsea fan knows it already, but Branislav Ivanovic is a far better right back than Jose Bosingwa – and a far better right back than he is a centre back!

Not wishing a knee jerk reaction from a fabulous game of football (for anyone who isn’t a Chelsea fans) point of view, but this poor area of our game is now ‘out there’ for every other team to see, explore and take advantage of.

We can all argue that the Arsenal keeper should have been sent off, that Flo Malouda should not have given JT a suicide back pass etc etc. The fact remains that Chelsea’s defence is shaky and looks like conceding every time when faced with good movement and numbers by the opposition.

It’s time that AVB stopped messing around with Bosingwa and installed Ivanovich as his first choice right back until January, when we can bring in another central defender (maybe England’s Gary Cahill), he should use Alex or Luiz depending on the opposition. Chelsea’s problems aren’t in midfield or up front, with the percentage of play we are forcing or the amount of chances that we are creating, it’s simply in defence.

Playing with ‘freedom’ and for the ‘collective’ is all well and good AVB, but however Chelsea’s defence is currently shocking and it’s costing the team games, titles, cups and competitions and something positive needs to be done about it.

Drop Bosingwa for Ivanovich NOW, make sure we are ready to sign a world class central defender in January and put Romeu ahead of Mikel in the pecking order. The honeymoon is now over and it’s high time this dreadful defence is sorted out, even if it means dropping 4-3- 3 against certain opposition.



  1. Arish

    November 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

    btw…Brana for right back and Luiz should be played regularly with JT, the more they play together regularly, the more they will perform.

  2. Atinga

    November 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Chelsea should go for better center back, if not with this JT an co. Nothing for d blue this season as well.


    November 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

    please we nid a good and sepd center back

  4. Julius Chigwegwe

    November 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    AVB please sort out the defence problem.Bosingwa is failing on several occasion. Why not playing Alex, Luiz,McEACHRAN and Romeu. Other gaints are going and we are losing against all gaints. Please field as follows;
    The way how Luiz drives the ball it shows that he is a good midfielder than a defender. If you can play him as Anchorman on number 6 dephinately you will strengthen your defence and midfield.

  5. nura

    November 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    please AVB remove Bosingwa from that left back and use Ivonovic

  6. joobs

    November 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Right-this is all naive. Chelsea no longer possess a Gallas or a Carvalho who, in their pomp, would have aided JT into being able to play the extreme high line AVB insists upon and tacking all the blame onto defensive players is, also, unfair. Sturridge and Mata also let us down defensively against L’Arse by ignoring their man time after time-when you play a high line you need to defend as a team and also need a CB(or two)with either great speed or great reading of the game(Gallas or Carvalho again).
    Now, Luiz CAN be the man to help JT out short term and long term and, sure, Iva is a good RB option but not as good in possession as Bos and we spend most of every game WITH the ball.

    Chelsea are changing and have teething issues and not quite the players for the system right now-but it will come good if we stop trying to place blame on areas when the whole team’s at fault.

  7. Ola Ray

    November 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    The same Gary Cahill thats been part of a defence thats shipping goals for fun at Bolton

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