The price of a costly gamble (Abramovich, Ancelotti, Torres)

Chelsea surprised the football world when they splashed out 50 million quid on former Liverpool striker , Fernando Torres hours before the transfer window closed in January. A lot of questions centered on the break even plan by the London club with the UEFA financial fair play rule which would be implemented soon. El Nino’s acquisition was seen in many quarters as a desperate attempt of the Russian billionaire owner to land the coveted Elephant ear trophy (The UEFA Champions League trophy).

Big European nights like the one at Old Trafford in the second leg of the quarter finals were reasons for such investment. Fernando Torres form and lack of goals in the Blue shirt appears to have sunk the confidence of the Spaniard like the titanic. The inability of Carlo Ancelotti in finding the right balance to make the striker flourish has made such a massive investment look out of place. It looks more like the case of a square peg in a round hole. His decision to start the world cup winner in the second leg match raised many eyebrows just as it confirmed insinuations that the Italian is a “YES BOSS” man as it appears he may have been receiving instructions from upstairs. Fernando’s heavy touches as well as his movement on and off the ball confirmed a striker who is bereft of confidence and clearly a shadow of his old self. Carlo faltered….. 45minutes of play was enough to convince him and help ease Torres off media attack as he was replaced by an effective Drogba who brought life into the Blues attack as he tried to turn the tie on its head with his goal before Park Ji Sung put the nail into Chelsea’s coffin. The Wembley dream came to an end for the Londoners in Manchester.

Ancelotti admitted his error after the game when asked if he had made a mistake picking Torres. “Maybe. Could be,” he replied. “But I thought for a lot of time before taking this decision. I preferred to start with Fernando for this kind of game, with this kind of tactics. But Didier Drogba played very well in the second half.

For a man who was brought in with the major task of winning the elusive UEFA Champions League for the club, Ancelotti caught the look of a man with his tails between his legs throughout the match. Perhaps, if Roman Abramovich was awed by the achievement of Manchester United with his first hand experience of an European night in the stands at Old Trafford last Tuesday, he would realize that building a dynasty at any football club lies in the stability of a manager in spite of any financial support. Carlo’s expensive mistake may have triggered speculations of his exit from Stamford Bridge except the owner and the board decides to give him another chance on the grounds of his double success last season. For now, he needs to reshape his team to fit in the 50million pounds man with the aim of helping the sinking Torres raise from the ash like a phoenix.

Certainly, Ancelotti is hanging on to his job now just as he would have realized his own mistake could be a deciding factor come the end of the season.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Koko on April 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    FT is dead right now, sad that a few years ago he was among the top 3 footballers in the world with Ronaldo and Messi. Hope he gets the monkey off his back soon.

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  2. Posted by papi jay on April 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Lako, keep the dream ALIVE.

    Kind regards

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  3. Posted by ayaj on April 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Carlo really made a mistake in d second leg, he obviously didn’t learn from his mistake of starting nando in d first leg.Torres already had a ‘cross’ on his shoulders wit d 50milla price tag and goal drought 2 contend with. Y add 2 his woes by putting xtra pressure on him in the UCL(d only trophy left).also chelsea’s preferred formation is 433, nando suits a 442, d guy at d tip of d midfield must me very creative.lampard is a shadow of himself and so Torres will always lack proper service.

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    • Ayaj, I’m not sure of the best system under which Torres will flourish but I concur with on Chelsea’s lack of creativity. A big problem to solved. Maybe it’s time to throw in the young Josh
      Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Posted by Tay on April 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    It sad to see F Torres this way,but I am optimistic he’ll still give Chelsea a value for their money.

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    • Tay, yeah! optimism is the word…… It’s a shame Torres is having it tough presently but I bet he’ll come good eventually.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Posted by jones on April 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    He’s career r skills already took a decline during his last phase in liverpool, so selling to chelsea was a big plus to liverpool and a big minus to chelsea for now, but maybe he might pick up later, but I need to give it to chelsea they have done it again, spend so much money to get so little effort. Cheers

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    • Loooooool at your last point, Jones. Good piece of business done by Liverpool. Yes, El nino’s last few months showed a declined in his game but come on, he’s world class and a world champion. Chelsea perhaps signed him on a five and half years deal, only time would tell if he’s a good bargain. We criticize some clubs for not spending and we are crucifying others that have spent.
      Thanks for your comment

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  6. Posted by Oluubaba on April 16, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Lampard is old can’t find those passes again my advise is whenever carlo decides to start FT Benayoun shud also start cos he can find those defence spliting passes for torres rather than lamps siting back..great piece Lako

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    • Obrigado sir, Oluubaba. Benayoun might be a short term solution for Chelsea now. I feel a world class midfield playmaker to effectively relieve Lamps is what Chelsea need.
      Thanks for your comment.

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