Date: 3rd April 2012 at 2:00pm
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Chelsea’s over Aston Villa on Saturday provided a potential case in point of what just could be in store for the Blues over the next few seasons. With Didier Drogba out with an unknown injury, Fernando Torres was a rare entire 90 minutes, and this proved this change of approach and shape which represents what the Blues are looking to do.

As the picture above shows, David likes to carry the ball forward and pass his way out of defence, something which he is also clearly encouraged to do. Under previous, more hard working and perhaps not as stylish Chelsea sides defenders like Carvalho, Gallas and were almost the opposite of this type of central defender.

Luiz clearly has immense technical skill and talent and as the image depicts he weights a beautiful through-ball to Torres, who nearly scored the games opening goal only to be foiled by Given.

The manner in which the Spaniard runs in behind shown also how their attacking threat has changed too. With Drogba looking set to leave in the close-season, it is maybe time for Chelsea to accept the need for a new era, and usher it in with players like Torres central.

His preying on the last shoulder of defenders brings greater importance to the midfielders, particularly  directly behind him. This is just one clip showing the importance of such new players to the side, and also the direction which they seem to be heading.

It is one which does not seem to require power-houses like Drogba, and the Ivorian along with others could find themselves heading out of London in May. Yet, they can still have a significant impact to play in the remainder of the season and their service to the club must not be forgotten in a hurry.

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