Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that he will attempt to play several of Chelsea's attacking players alongside each other in a ''diamond'' formation. Several of the Italian's predecessors have fallen foul of a negative approach, but there appears to be no such problem for the coming season.
Ancelotti asserted that his re-shaping of the Blues' first-team formation into a 4-4-2 will allow his stars to gel and appears happy with the versatility offered by some of his new players.
"Chelsea can play Frank Lampard, Deco and also we can play Joe Cole he has the quality to play behind the striker and maybe also Salomon Kalou," Ancelotti told the club's official website. "Lampard can play on the left and he can play offensive midfielder. I want to try this, because I like games where he is in this position.
"The other players can play in the diamond in a different role, they can play up front or they can play behind the striker, so I want to play with the diamond."
Dealing with such tactical problems is something the Italian clearly enjoys, and he feels that his patience is the personal quality that allows him to find the solutions he needs.
"My patience is my biggest strength, although I also love football and I think this is the biggest point," he added. "I love the tactics, the play and I love finding solutions and trying new solutions.
"But the most important thing is to have a team who play with a clear idea of how they need to play. So we prepare the training with this objective.
"I want to be myself with my players, I have my character and I want to keep this character around my players. I want to be true.
"If I have an idea of how to play, I put this idea to the players and they go out on the pitch and play the way I want. That is not easy to do and this is why I need a good relationship them.
"All this will help us win a trophy this season, which is very possible. I don't like to say I will win, but I have a good feeling. It is better to think about winning than to think about losing."
The Champions League winner was also unequivocal in what his targets are with his new club in the coming campaign.
"The most important thing to win is the Premier League and the Champions League," he confirmed. "To win these would be a success, but we also need to have an identity with the team and I think we are going the right way about doing this. In the last games, I saw some very good ideas coming from the players."