Petr Cech has come out today and made it clear that Chelsea’s title defence will be built from the back this season. With 7 clean sheets in the league this season already, it would seem that the Chelsea stopper is not wrong. It would also confirm that the secret to their success so far this term is their strong, organised defence.
It is important to give Chelsea’s dynamic defence credit, as it would be fair to say that it is always the guys scoring and playing their part in the goals that steal the headlines. However this season for the most, those who have taken their place in the Chelsea defence have proved their rearguard to be impenetrable.
“Chelsea have conceded only twice and have not been breached in the league at Stamford Bridge since John Carew netted for Aston Villa on 27 March. Both Ancelotti and John Terry had to be reminded of the last time this team had conceded at home.” If Chelsea can continue in a very similar fashion for the remainder of the season then it would certainly seem unrealistic to think the title was going anywhere else than back to Stamford Bridge.
John Terry explained that the reason for Chelsea’s impeccable defence this season was down to the fact that “we’re a unit because we defend from the front. Everyone tracks back and helps and that’s key for us” he Furthermore adds that “We have been defending really well with the likes of Michael Essien and Florent Malouda tracking back and doubling up with Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa.”
Chelsea also look relentless in their pursuit of back to back titles and credit must also be given to Chelsea’s front three of Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. The interchangeable play of these three is showing that they are persistent in their ruthlessness as they seemingly dispose of any defence that try stand in their way. Having all played together for three years now they are getting better and better and show no signs of having any mercy on any back four up and down the country.
Cech reminds us that “Last season our home record helped us to win the Double, so hopefully it will do the same this season.” Cech raises a valid point and although Chelsea play exciting, fast flowing football it might be there impeccable defence that proves to be their saving grace come the end of the season, presuming someone steps up to the plate and pushes them right down to the wire.
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