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Best Chelsea XI (Injury Free Squad)


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Looks like we have our squad sorted for the rest of the season.

Lets try and determine our best XI from an uninjured squad, the league game at home to Le Ars on Sat 12th April is our scenario (could have full fit squad by then), so pick your best XI for any formation you like for that game.

Full squad:

Petr ?ech

Ashley Cole

Claude Makélélé

Michael Essien

Ricardo Carvalho

Andriy Shevchenko

Frank Lampard (vice-captain)

Steve Sidwell

Joe Cole

Didier Drogba

John Obi Mikel

Michael Ballack

Claudio Pizarro

Florent Malouda

Scott Sinclair

Wayne Bridge

Paulo Ferreira

Salomon Kalou

Tal Ben-Haim

Carlo Cudicini

Shaun Wright-Phillips

John Terry (captain)

Alex

Juliano Belletti

Nicolas Anelka

Henrique Hilário

Branislav Ivanovic

I'm throwing down this team.....

---------------------?ech---------------------

Belletti--------Alex---------Terry---------Bridge

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

----------SWP-----Lampard-----Mikel----------

---------------------------Anelka--------------

------------------Drogba-----------------------

Subs:

Cudicini

Carvalho

Maka

Ballack

Kalou

Drogba front man, Anelka working around him & into the corners, only time Anelka is lone striker is when opposition have corners (as Drogba defends corners).

No place in squad for Sheva or the new player Ivanovic.

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Joe Cole for Mikel and Carvalho for Alex. Difference between Cashley and Bridgey is not much and doesn't matter imo.

Yeah i only dropped Ricky because Alex has more to offer all round, and Mikel over Joey or Joey over Mikel could go either way, just thought against Arsenal he will be needed for his strength in midfiled.

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Our best team, IMO, playing an attacking 4-4-2 - none of this 4-3-3 b*llocks which invariably turns into 4-5-1 icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.gif

...................Cech..................

Belletti....Carvalho...Terry...Bridge

SWP.......Ballack.....Essien...J.Cole

...........Anelka....Drogba............

Subs: -

Cudicini, Alex, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou

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I'm all for an attacking 4-4-2, but Grant has been a lot more in favour of the 4-5-1 so far this season - so our best squad (with everyone in top form) is in my opinion:

.....................Cech...........................

Bellitti........JT.........Carvalho..........Cole

......................Maka..........................

...........Lampard.........Essien................

SWP............................................Cole

......................Drogba........................

With a bench of - Carlo, Alex, Ballack, Malouda, Anelka

The hardest call is at left back. I think in their *best* form, Cole is better going forward than Bridge, and can keep up with pacey wingers a bit better - however, we have yet to see his best form in a Chelsea shirt.

P.S. It is interesting to see people are going with a wingless 4-4-2 diamond system. We have played that quite a lot over the last few years, and looked god-awful every time. Sure, it fits all our top-class central midfielders in as well as 2 strikers, but makes us play pretty ugly football in the process.

If we have to play with 2 strikers, I would prefer BlueBeard's team.

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I'm all for an attacking 4-4-2, but Grant has been a lot more in favour of the 4-5-1 so far this season - so our best squad (with everyone in top form) is in my opinion:

.....................Cech...........................

Bellitti........JT.........Carvalho..........Cole

......................Maka..........................

...........Lampard.........Essien................

SWP............................................Cole

......................Drogba........................

With a bench of - Carlo, Alex, Ballack, Malouda, Anelka

The hardest call is at left back. I think in their *best* form, Cole is better going forward than Bridge, and can keep up with pacey wingers a bit better - however, we have yet to see his best form in a Chelsea shirt.

P.S. It is interesting to see people are going with a wingless 4-4-2 diamond system. We have played that quite a lot over the last few years, and looked god-awful every time. Sure, it fits all our top-class central midfielders in as well as 2 strikers, but makes us play pretty ugly football in the process.

If we have to play with 2 strikers, I would prefer BlueBeard's team.

its because his best form is a myth created by playing on a wing behind pires and henry

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......................Cech...........................

Bellitti........Carvalho.........JT..............Bridge

SWP..........Essien.........Ballack...........J. Cole

.............................Anelka

......................Drogba........................

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Our best team, IMO, playing an attacking 4-4-2 - none of this 4-3-3 b*llocks which invariably turns into 4-5-1 icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.gif

...................Cech..................

Belletti....Carvalho...Terry...Bridge

SWP.......Ballack.....Essien...J.Cole

...........Anelka....Drogba............

Subs: -

Cudicini, Alex, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou

My team too with Malouda instead of Kalou on the bench.

Best team:

----------------Cech

Belletti---- Carvalho---- JT----- Bridge

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

-----Essien------------Ballack

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

----------------------Anelka

----------Drogba

Subs:

Carlo

Alex

SWP

Joe Cole

Malouda

Love that midfield Ethical icon_wink.gif

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if we are going to attack more, then I feel that we would play the following:

........................Cech

Belletti........Carvs.........Terry.......Bridge

.....................Essien

.........Ballack................Lampard

J Cole..........................................Malouda

......................Drogba

if it is a tough European game, I think we would revert back to a diamond, thus:

..........................cech

Paulo...........Carvs......terry......Bridge

......................Maka/Mikel

..............Essien.............Ballack

.....................SWP/Lamps

..............Anelka..........Drogs

Bench. Kalou, SWP, Belletti, Alex, Carlo

I think to put Alex and terry in the same team slows up our CB pairing too much

Scott

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Cech

A. Cole - Terry - Carvalho - Ferreira

J. Cole - Lampard - Essien - Wright-Philips

Shevchenko - Drogba

Would be very interesting to watch, although I am not to happy that Ballack and Anelka are missing. Healthy competition always benefits the team, though.

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Our best team, IMO, playing an attacking 4-4-2 - none of this 4-3-3 b*llocks which invariably turns into 4-5-1 icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.gif

...................Cech..................

Belletti....Carvalho...Terry...Bridge

SWP.......Ballack.....Essien...J.Cole

...........Anelka....Drogba............

Subs: -

Cudicini, Alex, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou

That pretty much what I'd go for too - although tough call on Essien / Lamps.

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