Champions League review: Chelsea 2-0 Schalke – are Chelsea really playing more attractive football?

Ollie Irish

25th, October 2007

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The party line when Roman Abramovich decided to solve a problem like Mourinho was that he wanted his team to play more attractive football – but several games down the line under new management, is there really any difference?
Watching last night’s game against Schalke you wouldn’t think so – the formation with a holding midfielder and lone striker hasn’t changed, Lampard plays the same role and the long ball was still well in effect.


And, once the second goal had gone in, tactics turned to defence – unlike the Man United and Arsenal games where the teams kept striving forward producing the sort of football that Roman no doubt dreams of.
Revolutions don’t happen overnight and the players are (supposedly) being asked to fix that wasn’t actually broke in the first place – while the new manager must be wary that poor results could see him out of a job.
Have Grant and his new sidekick, Ten Cate, done anything to bring the beautiful game to the Bridge and do Chelsea even have the players to compete playing sexy football?

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  1. z says:

    there was nothing so defencive last night – they attacked and their defence suffered due to that.
    btw, give Ten Cate time, he had no chance to do anything – it’s his second match.

  2. Lance says:

    Yes, I admit I’m a Chelsea backer, but from the 15 minutes or so I was able to see (I was at work), I saw some “crispness” and confidence that has been lacking lately. True, the first goal was a gift, but I was encouraged by what I saw. When you have an all-star team like Chelsea (similar to Barca, Bayern, ManU, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Milan, etc.), it takes some time for the players to gel.

  3. Lance says:

    Yes, I admit I’m a Chelsea backer, but from the 15 minutes or so I was able to see (I was at work), I saw some “crispness” and confidence that has been lacking lately. True, the first goal was a gift, but I was encouraged by what I saw. When you have an all-star team like Chelsea (similar to Barca, Bayern, ManU, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Milan, etc.), it takes some time for the players to gel.

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