The always knowledgeable and insightful Michael Cox comments on the indecision that resulted in Chelsea dropping 2 points at the Bridge yesterday and how it ties in to their lack of identity.
"Chelsea didn't have a clear strategy. They half-heartedly counter-attacked, with Ramires wasting their main opportunity on the break when he slipped over after great work from Juan Mata. They didn't defend with any certainty, particularly down the flanks. And they didn't keep the ball, killing the game, as a good possession-based side would. They did nothing. Villas-Boas had a point - what is Chelsea's style? "
On General lack of identity
" Chelsea aren't an unattractive team this season - how can they be, with the most creative player in the league, Mata, plus the silky wing play of Oscar and Hazard? Nevertheless, there's something completely lifeless, uninspiring and characterless about them - they're an expensive collection of players thrown together in the expected formation by a hastily appointed manager who has no incentive to build something for the long run. If you tried to explain Chelsea's style to a football fan recently returned from a nine-month trip to outer space, you'd struggle to explain what they actually do.
...It's not entirely Benitez's fault, but it's astonishing how the current Chelsea side can have so many individual talents yet be so utterly bland."
""You ain't got no history" is a common chant from opposition fans at Stamford Bridge. It's untrue - Chelsea have a perfectly fascinating history. They just don't have an identity. "
The sacking of Di Matteo was a new low for Chelsea - and it's inevitable that the popular choice for Chelsea's next manager is Mourinho, another club legend. ..Chelsea fans simply want someone who feels as if he belongs at Chelsea, and helpfully Mourinho, rather lamely for a once fearsome manager, wants to be 'somewhere where he's loved'.
The last line struck a chord with me. Its probably why Chelsea fans will still have a bad taste of Benitez in their mouth, even if we ignore his tactical "Ra-fails". I want someone in the dugout who loves the club and loves being here. Rafa is a mercenary looking to pad his resume with a trophy before he moves on. It isn't his faulr that he at the helm though. It's the actions of a disconnected owner.
I can't wait for Mourinho to return and give this team the identity it needs. The tactical identity , the stylistic identity and the team spirit that we've lacked since Di Matteo left.
Up the Blues!