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Ronaldo And Scholes Should Be On The Bench

Ronaldo And Scholes Should Be On The Bench

Cristiano Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov could both start at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, along with Paul Scholes who is returning from suspension. But we cannot afford to play them all.

Imagine a starting line-up like this: Van der Sar; Brown, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Hargreaves, Scholes; Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo; Berbatov.

On paper it looks wonderful. Upon closer examination the flaws are obvious. Chelsea are a bruising, physical team with much emphasis on pressing, tackling and harassing. Like Liverpool but with better players.

Starting a half-fit Ronaldo is a bad idea. He could be marked out as effectively that we would have to bring him off because of extreme tiredness around the 60th minute. Leaving him on the bench, though, could provide us a very lethal attacking weapon who could be introduced when it becomes necessary.

As for Scholes: can't run, can't tackle. We cannot afford the Roy Keane syndrome: Fergie should not play him, entrusting it to other players to do his legwork. That simply does not work. As Carrick is not available I must suggest a Fletcher-Hargreaves midfield pairing. That's the best possibility we have.

Fergie could play with three in midfield, in this case Anderson could start but he must start to put in performances which will remind us of his autumn form of last season when he was one our best players in many games.

If the 4-2-3-1 is deemed to be the way to go then I beg to start with Nani. His inconsistency is frustrating but with Tevez, Berbatov and Rooney around he could raise him game and show some class. Do not play 4-4-2 if that means sticking Rooney out onto the right midfield. That's simply a bad idea as we have seen it at Anfield.

My starting eleven would be: VdS - Brown, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra - Hargreaves, Fletcher - Tevez, Rooney, Nani - Berbatov

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Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday September 20 2008
Time: 8:55PM

Comments

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Bruising physical team - you cheeky ****
merlin
20/09/2008 21:06:00
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If they're like Liverpool but with better players then you lot are really in the ****
Rocky7
20/09/2008 21:47:00
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I think chelsea have changed a little since last time you played them... (and I dont know who should be offended more - liverpool or chelsea fans by the "Like Liverpool but with better players." ...)
pompeycarpet
21/09/2008 00:13:00
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you guys reek of arrogance. no respect for the opposition
gunnerchi
21/09/2008 10:59:00
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