The Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher reckons that Chelsea have made a radical switch from the powerful and boring team that they used to be a few years ago. Chelsea have made a great start to the new Premier league season and are currently unbeaten in the league so far. They will be playing against Manchester United during the weekend. Ahead of this match, the Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher praised the new approach taken by Chelsea. After spending more than £ 80 million in bringing an attacking talents like Eden Hazard and Oscar, Chelsea have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier league.
They have been trying to emulate the Barcelona way by adopting a passing style of football, which is extremely easy on the eye according to Darren Fletcher. Chelsea also now have lot of quick players unlike before when their players used to be only about power and strength. Even though the team is now more enjoyable, Darren Fletcher a lot of opportunities to score goals against Chelsea because they are more exposed at the back. The defensive style of football brought in by the former manager José Mourinho is well and truly over due to the departure of key players from that era like Didier Drogba.
“It used to be a big, strong, physical side. You found yourself playing against Ballack, Makélelé and Lampard [who is likely to miss Sunday’s game with a calf injury] in midfield and Drogba up front. Now you tend to be facing more Barcelona-style players – the small, intricate ones who get in the pockets behind you and play the killer pass. Because they are looking to get into the pockets behind you, you are not really up against anyone,” said the 28-year-old, who has just returned to first team action.