Up the road to Stamford Bridge

Not quite up the road from the Lane but you get my point. Chelsea currently lead the league and Drogba looks quite the menace (it has something to do with the hair… I know it). Their squad is filled with experienced players who have the skill to pull together when needed, forcing their opponents into making crucial mistakes. Ancelotti has done a great job so far and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win the league this season if they manage to stay healthy. As good as they are offensively though, Chelsea have faced problems maintaining clean sheets against teams that bring an all-out attack. This is something we know a thing or two about and Harry has comforted us all by saying that we “have attacking players who like to play and express themselves. We’ll attack them and give it our best shot.”

Should Crouch start? Keane and Defoe seem to create way more chances up front and I will back any plan that sees Keane far from the left side. He cannot and should not be expected to play there. The problem with playing Crouch is we automatically go into long-ball mode and forget that we are a huge threat on the ground. Crouch is good with his feet… why not utilize those skills? Crouch gave Man United a headache in the first 15 minutes but that was that. It also took Defoe out of the game who is a crucial element in us challenging any top team. Another thing I’ve noticed is Keane and Defoe seem to sustain the attack over a longer period of time. It’s like a wave that eventually comes crashing down on our opponents. Go back and watch the Hull and Liverpool performances and it’s clear: sustainable and tactical attacking. Not the “ball in the air prayer” we tend to play when Crouch is on the pitch.

Start Nico? Poor Bentley. Will Gio get a crack? Probably not. Harry seems to fancy slot machines more than the poker tables… in other words, the man doesn’t gamble much.

My starting XI:

  • Gomes – Cudicini has been great in his place, but Gomes has greater coverage… would Giggs have scored that free kick against him?
  • Corluka – his lack of speed may be a problem
  • King – his presence on the pitch is priceless
  • Bassong – I’m happy with Seb… maturing every match when King’s at his side
  • BAE – Man U gave him a hard time… hope he regains his “pre-international break” form
  • Nico – on the left side… we need someone to creates plays; this shouldn’t be asked of Keano IMO
  • Palacios – keep those studs facing the grass please
  • Hudd – we’ll need muscle and height against the Chelsea midfield
  • Lennon – come on Azza! Take it to them every time and eventually they will break
  • Keane – much better in the forward position and is effective when aiding the midfield
  • Defoe – was robbed of a cracking goal against United… time for revenge



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6 Responses to “Up the road to Stamford Bridge”

  1. Tottenham On My Mind Says:

    Interesting team selection, we do have several possibilities in certain areas. Although United were worried about Crouch, I would like you go with Defoe and Keane. Maybe stick with Cudicini – he was excellent against United – and I hope you are right about Hud.

    • el wehbi Says:

      You’re totally right about Cudicini as he was excellent against United. The final goal scored by Rooney was due to defensive error. If he does start, hoping he would be more effective against his old team.


  2. N Says:

    Chelsea will eat you alive, Muahahaha

    Me is a Chelsea fan 🙂

    • el wehbi Says:

      Good to see you on here N, used to you on Brake Banzeen! lol

      Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be a major hurdle for us. I just hope the boys at least put up a challenge.

  3. mac Says:

    I agree with the on field players but would leave in Carlo. Had Niko trained with us last week I think he might have started against United. I like the idea of Crouch in reserve and last week we were so outnumbered in midfield with United’s front men being so deep.

    We can’t allow that to happen again. Palacios will be the key.


  4. TJ Says:

    Just about 30 minutes from game time, I don’t have a good feeling about this one. I completely agree with your starting nine. Keane can’t play the left and Nico is probably the best option we have. I see Crouch coming on at about 60-65 minutes for Keane (depending on how things are going obviously). I hope we start Gomes, he is a better player than Cudicini. Lennon needs to have a much better game than he did against Man U and we can’t let any chances get away. I hope I am wrong but I don’t see anyone stopping Chelsea.

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