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Michael Essien off to AC Milan

January 25, 2014

Michael Essien is close to finalising a move to AC Milan despite a late enquiry from West Ham. The Ghana international is keen on a move abroad and his agents held lengthy talks with the Serie A club on Thursday as they look to agree terms. The 31-year-old was also considered by West Ham as… Read More ›

360 In-DEPTH Analysis: The Pivot

The pivot is the most confused part of a 4-2-3-1 formation. 4-2-3-1 formation itself is a very specialized formation. The formation can’t adapt to players rather the players need to adapt to it. In contrast, a formation like 4-4-2 is more general and every kind of player can find a place in it. As I… Read More ›

Atsu relishes chance to play for Chelsea

In a recent interview with BBC Sport Christian Atsu was asked about Chelsea and he said “When Chelsea came for me, I saw a good opportunity to work with a massive club and a great coach.” He then went on to say Essien played a large part in his decision. “I have a lot of… Read More ›

Michael Essien recalled by Ghana

Chelsea Star Michael Essien Makes Shock Ghana Return After Two-year Absence. Michael Essien hasn’t played featured for Ghana for about two years now, but the midfielder has been called into the Black Stars squad that will face Zambia. The Chelsea midfielder would be available for selection,  when Ghana host Zambia in a crucial World Cup qualifier at Kumasi which… Read More ›

Defensive Midfielders at Stamford Bridge

The defensive aspect of the game at Stamford Bridge has taken a hit in the past couple of years. Truth be told, ever since Jose Mourinho departed, Chelsea have never really coped and gone back to dominating like how they did under him. I would like to point out the defense and partially midfield. Jose… Read More ›

Michael Essien – anything left in the tank?

Michael Essien, better known as the Bison was once one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and has always been a fan favorite at the Bridge. Essien was bought by Jose Mourinho in his first spell at the club and has played under him at Real Madrid (on loan). However, his career took a… Read More ›

Jose has got a headache

Remember last season? The ‘dark ages’ under the leadership of Rafa? A lot of people – myself included – were saying how the midfield was our weakest position, where we had no depth? Oh how times change… Going into this season, our midfield looks incredibly congested with options all over the place to slot into our… Read More ›

Shaping up for Next Season Part 2

Part 1  In the second part I am going to talk about the pivot in our midfield which is vital to the way we defend as without this we would get over run by teams. What we need What we need in the Pivot is two players who both do an equal shift of attacking… Read More ›

Chelsea to rebuild squad in the summer

The Daily Mail has reported that Chelsea are set to rebuild their squad in the summer and process would include the selling of many players. With a change of manager almost certain and big spending inevitable to bridge the gap between West London and Manchester, it’s already set to be a summer of upheaval at Chelsea…. Read More ›

The solution to the Double Pivot

It’s obvious that the Double Pivot is a huge concern if the wrong players are put there. We’ve seen numerous combination in the holding midfield position : Lampard-Ramires Lampard-Mikel Mikel-Ramires Mikel-Romeu Ramires-Oscar David Luiz-Mikel David Luiz-Lampard David Luiz-Ramires Those are the 8 combinations/pairings that we’ve seen (as far as I can remember). I’m certainly no… Read More ›

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