stats online users

Opinion: The centre again conundrum – who drops out for Thiago Silva? – Speak Chelsea


I feel it’s non-negotiable that when Thiago Silva is totally match once more that he slots proper again into that center centre again spot on the coronary heart of our defence.

Nevertheless, this creates an enormous however wonderful downside for Thomas Tuchel. Who on earth comes out of that again three?

Try Dan McCarthy’s ‘coaches notes’ evaluation of our 1-0 win over Liverpool yesterday, through our new web site Si Phillips Talks Chelsea. Don’t overlook to subscribe totally free and have our newest Podcasts with friends similar to Tony Mount, exclusives, tactical evaluation, and a weekly e-newsletter drop in your inbox!

The plain reply is Andreas Christensen, however he has been completely excellent since coming in for the injured Silva in opposition to Spurs eight video games in the past.

It could be very harsh to drop him, and he doesn’t need to be dropped.

However then neither does Cesar Azpilicueta or Antonio Rudiger, who’ve each additionally been wonderful within the again three since Tuchel took cost.

It’s a resolution that can break up opinions, and that is with out even factoring in Reece James and Kurt Zouma, particularly the latter who might be feeling completely laborious completed by at not being picked in any respect not too long ago.

So is it clever to stay with the identical three as we preserve getting the outcomes and clear sheets? Or does Silva come again in regardless, as I discussed within the first line f this text?

Personally, I feel he merely has to. And out of the remainder of the centre again choices, I imagine Rudiger simply loses out by way of over all skill.

Nevertheless, right here is one other downside. Can Christensen play as a left centre again? Does he have the tempo to take care of the wingers? This I’m not so positive about.

I realise I’ve not come to any stable conclusion right here on the finish of this text, and that simply goes to show simply how troublesome this resolution goes to be for Tuchel…