Di Matteo Worried About Defensive Problems

by David on November 17, 2012

Here are some of Roberto Di Matteo’s comments after Chelsea lost 2-1 at West Brom, extending the club’s winless streak in the league to four matches:

“It is a ground we find difficult, last season when we lost here, and now this season again. We know they are very good at home.

“But giving away goals like we did today makes if difficult to win the game.

“You have to score three goals to win then and our defending was very poor today.

“We didn’t concede many chances but, the ones we did, we had to do better.

Chelsea have operated an attack-minded 4-2-3-1 formation under Di Matteo but that looks set to be reassessed.

Di Matteo said:

“This season we are playing a little bit different but we might have to go back (to a previous formation) to be able to win games, and make sure first and foremost we don’t concede.

“Maybe it is the time where we might have to change a little bit in terms of our selection and the way we play.

“For some reasons, November for our club is a bad month and it seems the same again this year.

“We are disappointed and maybe it is time to look at things, maybe change it a bit and get a win.

“We will look at the set-up of the team and maybe sacrifice a bit the attacking options to go a little bit more defensive.”

Di Matteo made five changes but insisted:

“It was based on the midweek (international) games. The players were all over Europe and the world, long flights, five or six hours’ time difference.

“They were not in a condition to start or last the game.”


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John November 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

There are a number of problems with the Chelsea’s style of attack which they have continued to ignore, this are my personal observations from a layman point of view. (1) If you really want to play pure attacking football,then you must make sure your players are well drilled to stand the rigors of the work involved in order to achieve this style. (2)They must also be strong on the ground not easily to be pushed about. (3) When they lose possession of the ball,they must fight hard to take it back.

All the above mention attributes are lacking in Chelsea team at moment.Chelsea players are not strong with the ball, they are easily dispossessed,neither do they fight hard to repossess the ball if they lost possession,they hardly take ball off an opponent until it ends in their own eighteen yard box. More than 85% of the ball possession by the opponents ends in the Chelsea’s 18 yard box, that is not an attribute of a real attacking team!

Stop allowing Hazard to play corner kicks. No doubt the guy is a wonderful player,but he is not good with corner kicks,most of his corners are just a waste,except if the corner is intended to be a pass, because he doesn’t lift the ball up enough. Torres should be benched, since we don’t have any central top striker at moment Strurridge should be given more time than Torres.The duty of a good coaching crew includes to be able to observe the players, and know what each individual can do better than the other,or else I’m even better than you RDM,even though I’m just a layman!!!

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