Chelsea have the most entertaining back four in the Premier League. If one disregards the off-field antics of the more controversial personality traits in Chelsea’s defenders, and concentrate on their on-pitch performances, they are a joy to watch.
David Luiz, may be unpredictable, and at times unreliable, but he plays the sport with a charismatic, youthful disregard. Given his talent for taking almost comedic-length run ups for penalties, technically unique (and deadly) free-kicks, and desire to impact the game, he makes his position his own. This season he has proven that he can also defend, especially when partnered with Terry.
Gary Cahill scores exclusively excellent goals, including overhead kicks, volleys and 25 yard screamers. He commands aerial dominance when in defence and when attacking the opposition box. Cahill is a very English defender in the ilk of John Terry, willing to put his body on the line to do his job.
Branislav Ivanovic has been one of Chelsea’s outstanding performers in the past couple of seasons. He too loves getting amongst the goals, almost single handedly dragging Chelsea through the Champions League home tie against Napoli last season. Ivanovic boasts 3 goals this season already and often finds himself in good attacking positions for crossing and supporting forward play. Defensively Ivanovic is a rock, a brick wall; his positioning a reading of the game lead to Alan Hansen suggesting he is Chelsea best centre back and he is without doubt one of the best right backs in the Premier League.
Oh and on the left side there’s the ever industrious and consistent Ashley Cole whose talents have been respected for many years now.
As a squad however, Chelsea do look a little light in the centre of defence, especially with John Terry absent. Since his suspension began, they have not kept a clean sheet. This will worry Di Matteo, no matter how many spectacular goals the current back line can score.
Mehdi Benatia, 25, is a Moroccan international who plays for Udinese. He is a highly rated centre-back, reported to be a target for Barcelona and Juventus. The Italian side have put a price tag of around £10 million for Benatia, a price that Abramovic could be tempted to part with for a top quality defender.
It will be a long season for Chelsea as they compete in numerous competitions and try and be the first team to successfully defend the Champions League. Adding some depth to their defence seems like a very sensible option and Chelsea could probably do with someone that doesn’t mind not getting on the score sheet, to add some more stability to a back line whose weaknesses have been slightly exposed in recent weeks.
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