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Is this how everyone else sees it as of now?

Is the diamond truly the best option for our team if Pirlo comes? I mean if Pirlo gets to start, we're going to have a lot of class midfielders on the bench (if we stay healthy) even during ANC months and I'm sure Ancelotti will want Pirlo starting. But then again a 4-5-1 leaves Anelka/Drogs/Sturridge/Di Santo on the bench. I guess this is a good problem to have? I'm not sure how long the players kept on the bench will stay happy. We almost need an FA/Carling Cup team and a League/CL team. But I guess since our guys are all injury prone maybe it will all work out? I doubt we'll need a Miniero this season.

----------------------------------------Cech/Turnbull/Hilario

Bosingwa--------------------------Alex---------------Terry-----------------------------------------Cole

Ivanovic------------------------Carvalho------------Repeat-----------------------------------Zhirkov

Ferreira-------------------------Ivanovic--------------------------------------------------------Hutchinson

Belletti-------------------------Mancienne------------------------------------------------------Mancienne

-----------------------------------------------Pirlo(does he take over this spot?)

-----------------------------------------------Mikel

-----------------------------------------------Essien

-----------------------------------------------Ballack

-----------------------------------------------Belletti

-----------------------------------------------Deco?

Essien-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Malouda

Cole----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Zhirkov

Deco?--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lampard

Belletti-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sinclair

Kalou

Ballack

Sinclair

------------------------------------------------Lampard

------------------------------------------------Cole

------------------------------------------------Kalou

------------------------------------------------Deco?

------------------------------------------------Sheva

------------------------------------Anelka-------------Drogba

-----------------------------------Sturridge-----------Sturridge

-------------------------------------Kalou-------------Di Santo

-------------------------------------Cole---------------Sheva

---------------------------------------------------------Pizarro

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Is this how everyone else sees it as of now?

Is the diamond truly the best option for our team if Pirlo comes? I mean if Pirlo gets to start, we're going to have a lot of class midfielders on the bench (if we stay healthy) even during ANC months and I'm sure Ancelotti will want Pirlo starting. But then again a 4-5-1 leaves Anelka/Drogs/Sturridge/Di Santo on the bench. I guess this is a good problem to have? I'm not sure how long the players kept on the bench will stay happy. We almost need an FA/Carling Cup team and a League/CL team. But I guess since our guys are all injury prone maybe it will all work out? I doubt we'll need a Miniero this season.

----------------------------------------Cech/Turnbull/Hilario

Bosingwa--------------------------Alex---------------Terry-----------------------------------------Cole

Ivanovic------------------------Carvalho------------Repeat-----------------------------------Zhirkov

Ferreira-------------------------Ivanovic--------------------------------------------------------Hutchinson

Belletti-------------------------Mancienne------------------------------------------------------Mancienne

-----------------------------------------------Pirlo(does he take over this spot?)

-----------------------------------------------Mikel

-----------------------------------------------Essien

-----------------------------------------------Ballack

-----------------------------------------------Belletti

-----------------------------------------------Deco?

Essien-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Malouda

Cole----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Zhirkov

Deco?--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lampard

Belletti-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sinclair

Kalou

Ballack

Sinclair

------------------------------------------------Lampard

------------------------------------------------Cole

------------------------------------------------Kalou

------------------------------------------------Deco?

------------------------------------------------Sheva

------------------------------------Anelka-------------Drogba

-----------------------------------Sturridge-----------Sturridge

-------------------------------------Kalou-------------Di Santo

-------------------------------------Cole---------------Sheva

---------------------------------------------------------Pizarro

wow, thats very impressive. i wouldnt have ballack as a wide right option, and would have him as an attacking midfield option but other than that i think youve got it bang on.

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apart from the fact that the wide right and left positions are really, in general, narrow (and central), I think that's almost exactly what the pecking order would be.

good effort. I think it shows we could still get rid of a few bodies.

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wow, thats very impressive. i wouldnt have ballack as a wide right option, and would have him as an attacking midfield option but other than that i think youve got it bang on.

Yeah, I think you're right. I guess Ballack may be the odd man out in that formation with Pirlo's probable arrival. It's hard to imagine a line-up without Lamps, Pirlo/Mikel and Malouda/Zhirkov not involved. I was trying to wedge him in to some role that gives him some likelihood of minutes given our personel. Even on the right, until he leaves for Africa, Essien is a lock.

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apart from the fact that the wide right and left positions are really, in general, narrow (and central), I think that's almost exactly what the pecking order would be.

good effort. I think it shows we could still get rid of a few bodies.

TY. I think the right position and who we put there largely depends on who's at the back of the diamond. Pirlo and someone like Ballack would destroy our chances of winning, IMO. That pair are too slow to cover the right side together. Bosingwa might even get so pissed covering for those two he takes off his mittens if that happens. But a Mikel/Essien and Ballack team would be okay.

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I don't think we'll see Pirlo in a chelsea uniform this season with the new 30m price tag put on him. Here is my depth chart.

goalie-CECH-hilario-turnbull

rb-BOSINGWA-beletti

rcb-CARVALHO-alex

lcb-TERRY-ivanovic

lb-COLE-FERRIERA

cdm-MIKEL-ballack

rm-ESSIEN-cole

lm-ZHIRKOV-malouda

cam-LAMPARD-deco

rs-DROGBA-sturridge-pizzaro

ls-ANELKA-kalou-shevchencko

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The knock on Pirlo from many Milan fans is that he isnt a defensive midfielder per se, but that he needs someone alongside him in the middle to put in the tackling work, and winning the ball back for him.

Im not saying that is completely accurate, but I know he was never better than when Gattuso was still a force in midfield, and a regular starter in Milan.

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The knock on Pirlo from many Milan fans is that he isnt a defensive midfielder per se, but that he needs someone alongside him in the middle to put in the tackling work, and winning the ball back for him.

Im not saying that is completely accurate, but I know he was never better than when Gattuso was still a force in midfield, and a regular starter in Milan.

I have heard the same thing and seen it said several times in these forum. Its pace the team needs. Any rate Pirlo will certainly mean no place for the German captain, and one of Essien/Mikel will miss out, not to mention playing Lampard out of position.

All we need to do is forget Pirlo and brink Aguero in at the top of the diamond (he does play there doesn't he?), then its Lampard, Essien and Ballack/Mikel in the other spots and its starting to look like a team.

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All we need to do is forget Pirlo and brink Aguero in at the top of the diamond (he does play there doesn't he?), then its Lampard, Essien and Ballack/Mikel in the other spots and its starting to look like a team.

Forgetting Pirlo ain't gonna happen. He's coming whether people like it or not.

Methinks there's someone else in the pipeline too and it'll be the tip of the diamond player.

And before anyone asks, no that's not from my 'source' that's just my opinion.

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