There has never been a more important time to bounce back after a defeat under Frank Lampard’s short reign as Chelsea manager, than at the weekend against Tottenham.
Chelsea’s fate is only just still in their own hands, but the important thing is that is is still in their own hands.
Tottenham are the closest to them in 5th place in the league just one point behind, but the fact remains that Chelsea are still 4th and have played the same number of games as Spurs.
So this Saturday’s match between the two has become massively important, and if Chelsea do not bounce back in style this weekend, a Champions League place will be vastly slipping away with other sides around them starting to pick up.
With that in mind, Chelsea need to go into the match positively. I don’t want to see three at the back and hope to contain Spurs, I want us to control the game and create more chances. This is how we beat Spurs, we dominate as we have been doing, but we finally provide that end product.
And how do we do that? Three key names, Olivier Giroud, Reece James, and Billy Gilmour.
With Tammy Abraham expected to still be unfit, Giroud simply must get the nod over Michy Batshuayi, who was god awful against Manchester United.
Just play to the strengths of Giroud as a short term fix, get James on the ball loading crosses in to him, I guarantee there will be a goal or two from this combination.
Then up steps Billy Gilmour. Start him ahead of Ross Barkley, purely because he will help Chelsea keep hold of the ball and frustrate Spurs, it will allows us to dominate the ball but also create, because Gilmour has a superb creativity about his game and he will not be afraid to make that pass breaking the lines that nobody else ever has the balls to try.
With N’Golo Kante injured, Gilmour comes in for me. Then put Mason Mount on the wing simply because he offers more than Willian or Pedro. Then because we have no other choice, one of those two goes on the other wing (I’ve written Willian but after yesterday I’d be more inclined to go with Pedro).
Back line is hard to pick two, because none of them are standout talents right now. None of them are top quality. Some have the potential to get there, but are not there yet. This is why we have a major problem at the back. Same with our Goalkeepers.
So it really doesn’t matter who you pick here, but I want to see Fikayo Tomori back in for his pace on recovery, his defending abilities, and because I still rate him as our best centre back.
Rudiger in for his aerial threat in their box (lets just score more than them and we win the game, essentially all that matters).
Here is how I would line up….
Saturday please Frank! We're without many key players, think this gets our best available ball players on the pitch. And just play to Giroud's strengths as a short term fix. Gilmour has some good creativity in his game, let's use it. Pedro has a shout over Willian too tbh. pic.twitter.com/OWn254QxLt
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) February 18, 2020
Kovacic is our current best fully fit midfielder, he still is even when Kante is fully fit in my opinion. Let’s give him a win, he deserves it just as much as us suffering supporters!