Before I start I just want to say that this is not a "spur of the moment" feeling I have just because of the result yeaterday. I have thought this all season.
Right, I feel Scolari must sell up to 11 or 12 of the first team players and rebuild what is a very ageing team. Here is my list of possible sales:
Carlo Cudicini - yes I know but he's on a decent wage and surely we should have a younger back-up (we'd maybe get a £1mill for him)
Paulo Ferreira - need I say anything? (take anything for him)
Juliano Belletti - again we need younger back-up (£1-2mill)
Mineiro - yes he was just signed as short-term cover for Essien but still... (free)
Michael Ballack - I just don't feel he's worth the £125,000 or so a week (£5-10mill)
Deco - not cuttin it and is in his 30s (£5-10mill)
Florent Malouda - please sell him while we can get some money for him (£8-12m)
Salomon Kalou - he's not made the step up and surely there is better out there (£8-12m)
Didier Drogba - ever since the CL final he hasn't looked interested in the games when he hasn't been injured (yesterday esp.) (poss £15-25m)
Andriy Shevchenko - still a Chelsea player but hopefully we won't see him back (£5-10m)
Claudio Pizarro - same as Sheva (£5m)
and poss Alex - if you believe what you read then he ain't happy at the Bridge (£8-12m)
I know that if we sell all these players we will nearly have to buy a new side, but that's what rebuilding is. And there is the problem of Roman not giving any funds but surely he will see sense after watching some of the recent displays!
And we could replace these players with some youth, like Mancienne, Sinclair, di Santo, Sahar, Stoch. Obviously we will need to buy some experience, as Arsenal have proved the past few years that a good young squad doesn't win you anything. But we will still have Lamps, JT, Riccy Carvalho, Essien, Joe and Ash Cole, Anelka, Bosingwa and Cech; all very experienced international players. And others like Obi Mikel, Ivanovic and poss Alex.
Also weren't guys like Frank Arneson and Piet de Visser brought in cos Roman wanted the best youth in the world cos he was sick of spending hundreds of million? What have we got to show for it? Stoch, Sahar, di Santo, Kakuta etc. These guys are 18-20. Surely they should be making the step up. People like Messi, Fabregas, C.Ronaldo, Torres were playing at 16-17. Before you say "You can hardly compare our youth to these guys" why not? Roman hired these guys for the WORLD'S BEST youth! And these guys were the reasons why Jose left - the most successful ever Chelsea manager!