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28 July 2009


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Anthony Calleja

Hi Russell as always I read your article with great interest as a Chelsea supporter and in the most part we agree. About the diamond 4-4-2 system and the style of play of our Chelsea, I think it is a good system which is very successful in europe as we saw in the tour when Chelsea beat Inter and Milan and is used by most top european teams. I also think it is more flexible and allows for more interchange and thus what happened under Scolari should not happen again when opponents get used to our tactics and style of play. Also this system will finally allow Nicholas Anelka and Didier Drogba to truly play alongside each other in their best positions and Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka at their best together are able to beat and scare any defence and goalie. Against those negative, all out defence teams against which Scolari fell flat, I think Carlo Ancelotti will break them down by rapid interchanging of players however I would still like to see our Chelsea buy the type of player like Robinho or Ronaldo is; the type of player who can dribble through tight defences, cause havoc and either score or make the opponents give us a penalty. About the increasing popularity of our Chelsea, Russell, I fully agree. It was very good to see our Chelsea so popular in the USA and our popularity is increasing all over the world. I see it first hand everyday and also from the membership of my Chelsea website. About the youths of our Chelsea, I am happy to see some good youths at Chelsea but I firmly believe that our Chelsea have happily now become such a big team that only the very best players can and must play for us and that also goes for the youths. Only a few can get into the first team and this must take time. I don't agree with those who want to see youths born and bred by Chelsea in the first team even at the cost of results. That would only quickly result in Chelsea becoming a normal team or even worse. Look for example what has happened to Southampton or Newcastle among others. It takes a long time to become a big team but a very short time to become a nothing. Of the current youths the only ones close to a first team are Daniel Sturridge, Micheal Mancienne and Franco Di Santo and there is no way that anyone can actually believe that they are already better than Didier Drogba, Nicholas Anelka, John Terry, Alex, Branislav Ivanovic and Ricardo Carvalho, so their time has not yet arrived and they must wait. Chelsea are a big team not a nursery. If they can't wait, then they go. Chelsea comes first. Finally about the comings and goings, as I said our Chelsea do need to buy one or two really good players but although disappointed that we have not done so yet, I fully understand our Chelsea as most are demanding way over the value prices. Look at Pirlo, Milan want 35 million pounds and that is unacceptable. These are the italian relations of the same people who wanted Deco and Ricardo Carvalho practically for free. About the goings I absolutely do not agree that Andriy Shevchenko and Claudio Pizarro should be sold. Both are top strikers and Andriy was one of the best in the world and still scores regularly for his country as does Claudio. I wouldn't sell Deco either who like Andriy and Claudio played well on the tour. Considering the difficulty in buying players, and remembering what happened to our Chelsea last year with the injuries and suspensions, and that this year in January because of the African Nations Cup we will be without Didier Drogba, Jon Obi Mikel, Micheal Essien and Salomon Kalou so unless a player really wanted to leave our Chelsea, I would not sell him.

Forever Chelsea!

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