We will finally have some Chelsea football this weekend. The English Premier League season opener is upon us, The Community Shield. While, it is only a friendly and a win/loose means nothing, starting off with a win is always good for the morale. A long season awaits Chelsea.
The European Champions, yes, that is Chelsea. Believe it or not. We may have parked the bus or been anti-football, but we are the 2012 European Champions.
European Champions take on the English League Champions. Pretty neat, isn’t it.
Manchester City, in no doubt, start the favorites. However, lack of motivation, will not affect Chelsea and they will look to start off the season on a positive note after the disappointing pre-season tour.
Although, I’ve set up a 4-1-2-3 formation, going by the game against Brighton, RDM could be looking to set up a 4-3-3. It didn’t go well against Brighton.
Another possibility is, for RDM to stick to his preferred 4-2-3-1. If that is the case, Meireles could play in the hole behind Torres. Meireles has been tried in that position during the pre-season games. He wasn’t very effective in that role. However, his performance levels could go up against City.
Something to keep in mind, Ramires and Luiz have been picked to play for Brazil against Sweden in a friendly to be held on August 15. As a result, RDM may not play them for the entire 90 minutes.
Oscar will be unavailable as well. He is yet to join the squad after his transfer from Internacional, as he is representing Brazil at the Olympics.
I’m expecting a lot of substitutions in this game. Mata, Romeu, Bertrand, Sturridge, Ferriera, Luiz, Essien, Benayoun, Malouda, Turnbull have been named in the Chelsea provisional squad. They all could get a look in during the second half.
Notable absentee: Lukaku. A loan deal has already been worked out, probably ?
It will be an entertaining game. Win or loose, I’m hoping for an attacking game of football from The Blues. If the team can show some positive signs in terms of ‘gelling together’ I would be happy. However, I’m also expecting RDM to try a few more tricks against City. With at least 2 more games to be played against them, some more experimentation will not be a bad idea.
Chelsea Teams news for the Community Shield ~ ChelseaFC.com