There has been said in the media about the fact that Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo continually picks the same starting eleven every week, and there were calls that he will need to eventually give the fringe players some game time.
Well against West Brom today he decided to leave out the brilliant Juan Mata, the gifted Brazilian Oscar and the hard working Ramires, who all sat on the bench while the out-of-sorts Oriol Romeu, The miss-firing Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses put in a sluggish performance.
However, his decision to leave out the three stars in such a tough fixture and against an in-form Baggies side has left many wondering why he decided to change things against Steve Clarke’s men?
The blues boss may have had the upcoming Champions League fixture against Juventus on Tuesday night in the back of his mind, but the Baggies are not a team to be taken lightly these days and if teams intend to go there and walk away with three points, then they need the strongest possible team.
Romeu and Sturridge have not been in any kind of form this season and yes they need minutes on the pitch to regain match sharpness, but in a game of such magnitude, they should not of been called up to the starting line-up.
Oscar, Ramires and Mata are three of the clubs best players and even though they need rest, they shouldn’t of started on the bench and then been brought on to try and grab the win we so desperately need.
We have now gone four Premier League matches without a win and we continue to have our well documented ‘winter wobble’, so we need our best eleven on the pitch playing as much as we can if we want to get out of our recent slump.