Opinion: At the present moment Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti may not have a job at the Roman Abramovich owned club next season. After a trophy less season the rumour mills have been quick to indicate another trigger happy change at the top is in the reckoning.
When you look at the most successful club in the Premier League era, Manchester United, have only had one manager. United have overall league success during Sir Alex’s reign at the club because of two things: A – because he is a very good manger and B – because he wasn’t shown the door the first time he didn’t win the title. At Chelsea they have a good manager but point B is missing – Abramovich hasn’t yet learnt that he will need to be patient to achieve his goals rather than shipping every single manager out the door.
If Chelsea want to have the best chance achieving all their goals of Premier and Champions League success next season then they need to make the right player changes at their needs to be Carlo Ancelotti there as manager to be in charge of that. The Italian won the Premier League and F.A. Cup double in his first season in charge and this season I think has been a season of quite alot of learning for everyone at Chelsea. Lose Ancelotti and you pretty much start from scratch again.
I don’t think that Carlo can be blamed for a season that could have been far worse. Injury’s to have of his preferable starting 11 where the main contributing factor for the mid season slump in my eyes and at the end of the day ditching a much liked and respected assistant coach is always going to have a effect on the players and remaining staff.
In 2011/12 season Carlo Ancelotti needs to be in sole charge of the whole shibang, again something that has benefited United. He had control of the players he was given and he needs to be in control of the football club.
Keeping Ancelotti will go along way to being successful next season and the improving of the squad is just as vital. Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka, John Mikel Obi, Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferriera and Yuri Zhirhov are good players but they take a room in a side aiming to win the Premier League. I would rather see the McEachrans and Borinis in the Cups rather than have to give those players their demanded game time because Chelsea have better players for their top matches.
The needed off season signings really just depend on one thing – where Didier Drogba plays his football next season. If it is indeed at Chelsea than I think that Kaka and his family would probably be better spreading the word of god somewhere other than London next season. If Drogba goes and Fernando Torres becomes the focal point of the attack than bringing in Kaka wouldn’t be half bad for the club but I’m confident Didier has another top class season in him yet. As does Florent Malouda. Alot of people have been saying ship him out but I would keep him and ditch Anelka and Kalou.
If Drogba does stay then Alexis Sanchez should be brought in. Malouda would need a fellow wide player for a bit of healthy competition for the left sided 4-3-3 spot, but the other side is for Fernando Torres who seems to always to do his best work on the right when both him and Drogba have been on the pitch at the same time. And star power dictates that that will probably happen from the start of games next season. Both Neymar and Romelu Lukaku may also be signed and I don’t see any reason why not as long as the don’t sign both of them because then neither of them will be any good. But i’m not going to be unhappy if Sanchez or a similar wide player is the only signing.
Daniel Sturridge has shown he can mix it with the Premier League players and he’ll hopefully step up next season into the role Kalou occupied: Sometimes Super but usually semi decent Sub. Sanchez can take Anelka’s place and start with from left Malouda, Drogba and Torres front three. Then there is always Fabio Borini who has been great in Swansea’s successful playoff with Nottingham Forest, and Gael Kakuta currently on loan at Fulham to provide some young but promising depth.
Frank Lampard, Ramires and Michael Essien midfield three with Josh McEachran and Yossi Benayoun providing cover alongside another Benayoun like signing – cheap, decent midfielder just add some extra depth.
I think we can assume a backline of Ivanovic, Luiz, Terrry, Cole for next season with Alex providing a good first choice backup. Jeffery Bruma, Patrick Van Aanholt and Ryan Bertrand are also promising defenders but another solid full back should be signed. Darijo Srna or Fabio Coentrao would both fit that bill.
So the road to success for Chelsea probably only has two stops, if they do it well enough; keep Ancelotti and freshen up the squad.
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