In the past decade, football has evolved greatly, and the attacking intent of so many teams have been incredible to say the least. Playing with three front men seem to have been the key in recent football tactics; many successful teams have been built around the heroics of the three front men.
I fondly remember Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea, where Damien Duff, Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba destroyed opposition defence at will, and they helped Chelsea win the title in Mourinho’s first season as Chelsea manager.
Few years ago, the footballing world was gushing about Barcelona’s trio of Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi, they were at the time hailed as the world’s best attacking trio, but the attacking three of Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar have even topped what Ronaldinho and Co did in their time.
Real Madrid are also worthy mentions. Their attacking trio of Gareth Bale, Karen Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have been phenomenal, and you have to look at them and understand why Madrid ran away with the Champions League last season.
Bayern Munich once had an attacking three of Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Mario Gomez that did wonders in the Bundesliga and eventually won the Champions League three years ago. Injury and lack of form have cut short their partnership.
These aforementioned examples just show that there is something about having a perfect front three that understand their roles perfectly and have a seamless understanding with each other. While it might still be early days, I clearly see that happening at Chelsea.
Pedro, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa seem to have formed a perfect understanding and Chelsea fans have labelled them as the PHD. The trio have played the last four games together, and they have been a joy to watch. What’s even more interesting is the last game against Everton. The trio got on the scoresheet and were all involved in assisting each other as Chelsea ran riot. Their movements and level of understanding against Everton was telepathic, and they all knew what to do, where each other was going and understood each other’s runs — indeed it was a joy to watch, and I couldn’t be more proud as a Blues fan.
Something special is happening at Chelsea Football Club and every Blues fan can feel it.