Is Rafael Benitez turning the corner at Chelsea?
Chelsea opinion: Benitez is starting to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge
In recent weeks Chelsea have looked a team that has been playing with unity and a certain style that we have known in the past.
It was a move that may be an ordinary one to most people but looks to be one that paid off. In the Europa League win against Steaua Bucharest and the Cup tie against Manchester United Rafa Benetiz went with John Obi Mikel as his difference maker. He brought Mikel on in the Manchester United game in the 52nd minute and started him against Steaua Bucharest.
I myself like many have said Torres is being left alone on an island as a striker and cannot manage to link up properly with the likes of Hazard, Oscar and Mata. With Mikel and Ramires playing as central defence midfielders it gave Chelsea something that they haven't seen much of at all this season and that is having Mata, Oscar, Hazard and Ramires on the pitch at the same time. By having all four of them on the pitch it gave Chelsea an extra gear and an extra opening at times.
This was a positive move for the whole squad in general and even more a positive move for Torres, as we saw the Spanish international score a goal that was a goal that we know Torres is capable of scoring. Although Torres missed a penalty kick he hit the ball well as it hit the inside of the top post.
Through out the game Torres looked lively with great touches and chances opening up with every move he made. A move that Torres made around three defenders as he played the ball around the defenders and managed to keep the ball in as he was dribbling on the out of bounds line.
Rafa has said some things that Chelsea fans may never forgive him for but he deserves some credit with the addition of Mikel in the line up. You may say well what about Frank Lampard partnering with Ramires centrally? Mikel is strictly a defensive player and Lampard is a player who is more offensive and looks to play in other players or take a hit from outside the box.
With Mikel strictly playing in the middle and Ramires playing up and down the pitch it gives Chelsea more of a foundation and less stress defensively.
This makes link up play more possible with your striker even if you are only playing one up top. They say if some thing works then stick with it. I think Rafa will stick with the Mikel and Ramires combination with Lampard still playing but with less minutes or in a different role.
So before we get ready to watch Rafa leave the club at the end of the season we have to give him some credit for taking a chance with his squad by mixing it up.
How will Chelsea fans feel about Rafa if he leads Chelsea to an FA Cup and Europa League double
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