My biggest criticism of Kalou is that he has so much to give until the end product is required, his runs can be dangerous but his crosses and shots the majority of the time are feeble.
On Monday his pass for Lampard’s second was exquisite, so it was nice to see that he had something else to offer than incomplete crosses and mis-hits. A compliment, but certainly a barbed one. I still opine that he is not of significant quality to cut it at Chelsea.
On Sky they commented that Kalou was part of a very strong bench, something we hadn’t been previously able to offer. The return of Zhirkov from injury and the additions of Torres and Luiz have added so much scope to our squad, unfortunately January’s signings appear to be five months too late.
Torres appears to be struggling to shake off the jinx that is signing for Chelsea, so often we sign a player then see them labour to adapt. This for me is more the weakness of the team than the weakness of the player.
His touch is off, but the service up to the attack was once again poor. This isn’t a blind defence of Torres, he isn’t looking like the player he was – this will come without doubt – but sincerely you look at the attack we present with him and Drogba and there must be a cause to their lack of goalscoring.
I cannot really think of many occasions where Drogba and Torres found themselves in good goalscoring positions thanks to either good passes or good crossing from the midfielders/wing-backs. Malouda frustrated when he came on with shots from the most absurd angles rather than a simple pass across goal.
This is why we are finding goals from different positions. Lampard’s goals at the moment are proving invaluable once again, now if only he can work on his service we will have a much wider goal threat.
Essien deserves some credit for his form in the last two matches, he is finally showing semblances of old form - and also for coming out and saying that Luiz is filling the Carvalho void, perhaps he has been reading this blog!
Which leads on to the prospects for the next ten league games. We have a difficult run in, but have a squad with few players missing and still have attackers whose game will surely be raised soon. We are a potential menace for what is becoming a close title race.
Whether or not Chelsea are still part of this race remains to be seen, but stranger things have happened. If United carry on this blip in their form, and Arsenal continue to show signs of renewed inconsistency we can seriously cause some squeaky bum moments for Fergie and Wenger.
Before we start pondering too much on the prospects of plundering the league from under our opponents noses we have to think short term and ensure we progress to the next stages of the Champions League (thus ensuring we are one stage ahead of last season!) and the tasty match up against fellow moneybags Man City.
The City match will be the telling time to see if we can finally ditch the pretenders and maintain our position as one of the big three. It isn’t worth getting excited about the title just yet, it still remains a distant dream. Just not as distant as it was last Tuesday morning. It could be even closer in a couple of week’s time!
As a footnote, in response to all the previous comments post match against Man United alluding to a partisan authoring of this blog, please remember this is a blog opinion piece on Chelsea. For an opinion more suited to your blinkered Man United only opinions please head to that section!
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