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Great Article on Chelsea's "Tactical" Success

If having a team stacked with world class talent is a "tactic" then yes, Roman Abramovich and Jose
Mourinho are tactical geniuses...


This article isn't about tactics at all, really, but about the players that came together over the past nine months to create a league winner and one of the best Chelsea sides in history if not the best. While tactics obviously come into play, to me the real achievement is assembling the right kind of talent: a team that will gel together and that, under the right manager, can be asked to perform week in and week out. We've all seen the perils of over-spending on a team of over-blown egos and watching them bumble around underachieving while better-motivated and hungrier teams leap past them to success. Look at Manchester United this year, for example, or the Yankees during the mid-2000s. 

Chelsea won the league this year not necessarily because they had great players but because they had great players wit the right team chemistry. They had tough, hungry players who did their jobs well,  trusted each other to do their jobs, and who picked up the slack for one another when they made mistakes. 

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