Chelsea have strength in depth
Two wins in a matter of three days against two of the biggest club in English football is a sure sign that Chelsea have the strength in depth in their squad to compete for all the major honors this season, according to the club’s assistant boss Steve Holland.
The West London club beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to move into the last eight of the Capital One Cup, barely 48 hours after their stunning 2-1 win against fellow title challengers Manchester City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
Of the 11 players in the starting eleven against Arsenal, Mourinho had named only Gary Cahill from the side that beat Manchester City on Sunday. While the Gunners also fielded a much weakened team that included very few first choice stars, Chelsea was able to call on the services of international stars like Spanish international Juan Mata and Brazilian defender David Luiz and midfielder Willian.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Holland stated that a strong squad is a necessity if a club is to compete on all four fronts every season. The club has managed to win six out of their six matches in October, including both their matches in the UEFA Champions League.
He stated that what is seen as the starting eleven right now will not be seen as the starting eleven in January which will again change come the business end of the season in March and April.
Holland mentioned that Chelsea needs everyone together and the match against Arsenal showed how easy it is to depend on the so-called second choice players on the back of the match against Manchester City and this will definitely hold the club in good stead when the results become important at the end of the season.